It appears that the refiling date for the lawsuit against the corrupt management of the Arizona State University Police Department has come and gone without news of a refiling. This is truly a dark day for the Arizona State University community and the people who depend on it to fulfill the public safety needs of the community. This is a critique of ASUPD command, and by no means is this a critique of the patrol officers of ASUPD, who are doing all they can do despite being critically understaffed for years. Once again the Arizona State University administration allows corruption, cronyism, discrimination, bullying, and violations of law to run unchecked at the den of ill repute, known as the Arizona State University Police Department.
Arizona State University Police Chief Michael Thompson is running the ASUPD just as his predecessor had run the department, straight into the ground. Chief Thompson retained the same miscreants in his command that worked for Pickens. They couldn’t do right by people if they tried because they lack even the most basic respect for integrity in this profession.
For any future employee victims of ASUPD, let this be a lesson to you to be sure to do your own research about the attorneys who are going to represent you. The judge’s response to the lawsuit was more of a rebuke of how the attorneys failed their clients and not what the people they represented had put forth. Every employee with more than a few years on at ASUPD knows damn well that there are many issues with the department that could lead it straight into a courtroom.
TEMPE, Ariz. – For the first time, former Arizona State University police officers have publicly spoken out against their former department, accusing it and the university, of misreporting crime statistics in violation of the Clery Act.
The Clery Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to report and publish crime statistics involving their students.
Former ASU police detective Matt Parker said he examined the statistics himself and compared them to the published Clery Act report.
Parker said crimes that are reported to ASU’s administration, but not investigated as crimes, are supposed to be included in the school’s Clery Act data. But he said those reports did not always make it to the police department.
Former Officer William O’Hayer said he was even encouraged to downplay some crimes.
“Maybe lower a felony to a misdemeanor, or something of that nature, yeah,” O’Hayer said. “It’s pretty blatant.”
“That’s the culture there,” former police aide Ben Flynn said. “Just sweep it under the rug — ignore it; it’ll go away.”
“It’s the norm, where they decide what they want to report, what they don’t want to report,” former Sgt. Patrick Murphy said.
Murphy said he was Parker, O’Hayer and Flynn’s supervisor at ASU PD.
All four officers have since left the ASU police force on their own.
They, along with four other officers, are suing the ASU Police Department.
ASU declined to answer questions on camera, but sent a statement that read: “We do not comment on pending litigation, regardless of how unsubstantiated, malicious or meritless it may be.”
The university has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
In 2014 the Department of Education confirmed it was investigating ASU and 55 other schools for possible violations.
Since then ASU has appointed its first full-time Title IX coordinator.
Because so many current and former Arizona State University Police employees read, message us, and some comment on this blog we have been receiving more questions about how to participate or contribute to the lawsuit now underway. Here it is folks:
David W. Dow (SBA #007377)
The Law Offices of David W. Dow
3104 E. Camelback #281
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Attorney for Plaintiffs