Roberts later denied making allegations against Gordon and Burgett, but his own memos plainly show he repeatedly did.

Investigation after investigation of Roberts' assertions — dating back to complaints he filed as early as 2008 — has cleared Burgett and others.

In 2010, the Attorney General's Office investigated Roberts' accusations that Burgett had discriminated against him, but it found no evidence to substantiate his claims.

Sergeant Phil Roberts remains on paid leave pending Chief Daniel Garcia's decision.
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Sergeant Phil Roberts remains on paid leave pending Chief Daniel Garcia's decision.

About a year ago, federal investigators concluded that Roberts neither was the whistle-blower he fancied himself nor the victim of retaliation from his superiors. Police investigators determined that "pretty much everything" in Roberts' nearly 500 pages of memos was "untruthful."

Phoenix police officials' lackluster effort to review the veracity of their own kidnapping statistics allowed Roberts to continue his attacks, further damaging the department's integrity. Then-Chief Harris stood by the figures, even claiming they had been verified.

It wasn't until March 2011, when City Manager David Cavazos convened a panel of experts to review the home-invasion and kidnapping statistics that it was made public that the figures actually were grossly under-reported — not inflated, as Roberts alleged.

The panel discovered there were twice as many kidnapping cases than first believed. It attributed the problems mostly to shoddy record keeping.

While the panel vindicated the city against Roberts' allegations, it also criticized officials for failing to call for an audit sooner. The fracas effectively ended Harris' reign — he retired shortly after Cavazos reassigned him to oversee the security of municipal buildings at Sky Harbor International Airport.

A scandal of Roberts' creation caused his colleagues the anguish of fighting false allegations, called into question police and city officials' integrity, and cost a police chief his decades-long law enforcement career.

But, in the end, the controversy he sparked with a yearlong memo-writing campaign may be what ends Roberts' own decades-long career with the PPD.

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cinesimonj
cinesimonj

The police get a taste of their own behavior. Maybe this will help them with their sociopathy problem.

Not likely, unfortunately.

jessepettersson
jessepettersson

Everything about this city is corrupt... for every one allegation there are five agencies who will cover it up.  This guy is probably honest in all his accusations they just set it up out here to where they CAN get away with it.  And I can say by personal experience, the federal government doesnt give a crap!

WakeMeUpWhenItsOver
WakeMeUpWhenItsOver

The PPD, most corrupt law enforcement department in the state of Arizona.  You idiots must receive your training in CHicago.

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

Now Phil, we all know badcasaa and the others on this comments train are you. Who else would take your ridiculous side of things? Dude, you were a detective for the Phoenix Police Department?! Man, that's scary!  How many people are in jail because you literally made stuff up about them? Somebody should check into that. Monica? And...I read the comment you wrote below under another name that Monica is taking the department's side because she would look bad otherwise. Bullshit! First, you, Phil, said there were that many kidnappings yourself. Than, when you decided to go after your comrades in blue, you claimed the numbers were inflated to bet grant money. Then, it turnsout that the numbers were even higher than Monica wrote, proving her point big-time, and showing you up for what you are. Phil, you really should put a sock in it. Any objective source familiar with your case, knows what a fool you have made yourself. Jeeze, man, they are going after you based on your own ridiculous written claims about fellow officers! You shot yourself in the dick, dumbass.

badcaseaa
badcaseaa

oh and look at all you pathetic New Times trolls attacking the only guy posting valid information with sources cited and all the same typical crap you losers do everytime you are proven wrong or start losing a argument.

badcaseaa
badcaseaa

You New Times Worshiping idiots need to remove your heads from your rears and understand when your "Independent" news source reports the same government disseminated propaganda as all the mainstream news outlets that they are corrupt and untrustworthy. Big surprise the people(or their buddies) he accused of being corrupt recommend he gets fired.

bobunf
bobunf

My pants sounds like a Candy Andy conspiracy nut.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Sergeant Roberts sounds like Candy Andy and the Miscreants.

Conspiracy in government, numerous false allegations against public officials, causing harm to public officials via false allegations, etc.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Sergeant Roberts reminds me of Candy Andy and the Miscreants.

I mean, conspiracy in government, numerous false allegations, targeting people he doesn't like, etc.

MyPantsRtightPolombo
MyPantsRtightPolombo

Here you go Stanton. The links to the stories you asked for. Even a city councilman said the PD retaliated against Phil. Hmmm, Stanton, who should I believe; an overweight New Times reporter who isnt close to the investigation or a city councilman whose job it is to know about the investigation. Go back to BevMo and get some more drink. Get some breath mints too, will you please?

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/Phoenix-police-set-to-fire-Sgt-Phil-Roberts-who-blew-whistle-about-bad-kidnapping-statistics

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/investigation-finds-phx-police-retaliated-against-officer-over-kidnapping-stats

CaptainJack
CaptainJack

Everyone needs to calm down for a minute.  Mypants is correct, there is more to this story than whats being reported.  Everyone has a lot involved, including Monica Alonzo.  Ya see, Monica wrote a story in 2010 saying how Phoenix had all these kidnappings and it turned out that wasn't true.  So if Roberts's claims are true, that makes Monica look like a fool.

One thing Monica did not report, nor has she ever reported, that Burgett tried to profit off the inflated kidnapping numbers by becoming involved with various television programs.  To include one that Forest Whitaker is said to be producing called "HIKE," centered around a female police lieutenant in Phoenix running the kidnapping unit.  Sound familiar???

I saw a story on this on channel 15, that said the lead investigator for PPD who did the investigation for PPD "mysteriously" retired a few months ago on claims that she may have lied to federal investigators in this matter.  I also hear there is a lawsuit involved and that the motivation behind the termination recommendation was a blackmail attempt to try and get Roberts to settle the suit.  Per the story on Channel 15, he said "no." 

I'm not sure but I don't think the last chapter to this story has been written yet, and I don't think Newtimes will be doing it.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Hopefully Roberts gets fired. Then I hope he loses his taxpayer-funded pension. Then I hope he's barred from ever being a police officer again.

MypantsRtightpolombo
MypantsRtightpolombo

The good news is people like Assistant Chief Andy Anderson and Chief Harris are gone. Assistant Chief James A. Pina is leaving in May. Executive Assistant Chief Joseph Yahner needs to be the next to go. Kind of weird all of these people who were involved in the Roberts fiasco are leaving their job isnt it?

Hold on Monica, you may be very surprised as to the outcome of this entire mess. Question is will you have the fortitude to write about it? Be careful with Roberts, I have a feeling you are next in his sights!

MypantsRtightpolombo
MypantsRtightpolombo

Monica: You may want to slow down a bit and stop bashing Sergeant Roberts. I am not sure which OIG investigation you read, but the one I read proved Roberts worked in a hostile environment and was retaliated against. If Roberts was so far off, or making allegations that were not true, why did Chief Harris lose his job? Police Chiefs dont typically lose their job when they are right!

I wonder if Roberts will sue you for defamation, slander and false reporting with the $$$$$$ he is going to be receiving from the city very soon. You dont have a clue what has been said during depositions but if what I heard a commander and two lieutenants said, Roberts could sue you with his soon to be pocket change.

One more thing, have you seen the notes Chief McClelland wrote during a meeting when he was basically told to retaliate against Roberts when this entire fiasco began? You might want to check with TV5 and other news outlets who have this document. Pretty hard to deny Roberts wasnt retaliated after reading this document. Forteunatly PPD has some good, honest cops like Chief McClelland who are not afraid to tell the truth regardless of the political fall out they may face. This McClelland document changed everything with the Roberts case.......hold on tight Monica to your overfed belly!

marcy
marcy

@WakeMeUpWhenItsOver 

Why try to pick which one is most corrupt?  Law enforcement agencies are made up of cops and cops, for the most part, are barely civilized thugs and one step up from a street gang.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@MypantsRtightpolombo

Then supply links to substantiate your claims.

 
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