An Arizona town has put more than half of its police department on leave
and officers tell ABC15 they feel it’s retaliation for speaking out
against their boss.
William Ponce said he now feels he could lose his job with the Quartzsite
Police Department after he, and eight other officers, came forward and
accused the police chief of misconduct and abuse of power.
“I feel this is retaliation against the officers that signed this
letter and came forth speaking out against corruption,” said Ponce.
After complaints from officers, DPS launched a criminal investigation
into allegations Chief Jeff Gilbert had workers run criminal background
check on people he didn’t like.