In our ongoing series about overzealous Valley cops with anger issues, a Mesa police officer has been charged with assault after allegedly slamming two female officers' heads together at a bar in Scottsdale.
One of the female cops reportedly is one of Officer Steven Miller's ex-girlfriends, who apparently stepped on to his turf.
The incident happened on September 12, at Flicka's, where Miller, a 15-year veteran of the department's organized crime division, had gone with his current girlfriend.
According to court documents first obtained by the Arizona Republic, Miller and his girlfriend walked into Flicka's, where they saw Miller's ex-girlfriend and another woman, both off-duty Mesa officers.
Miller and the female officer broke up about a year ago, and the breakup had not gone well, she told police.
When Miller's current girlfriend went to the bathroom, Miller approached the victims. He asked his ex, who had just had surgery, how she was doing. She said fine and that was the extent of the conversation.
Miller's current girlfriend returned from the bathroom and joined him at the bar.
As is frequently the case when ex-girlfriends and current girlfriends find themselves in the same place, the current girlfriend said she was uncomfortable and wanted to leave.
Flicka's is a regular hangout of Miller's. He wasn't happy to see his ex-girlfriend there.
Before leaving the bar, Miller reportedly approached his ex, and the other officer, and asked them, "Why the fuck are you in my neighborhood?"
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Then he grabbed the two women by their necks and slammed their heads together Three-Stooges-style.
Miller denied slamming their heads together -- even though there were witnesses saying he had -- and his current girlfriend told police she only saw Miller hug the two women.
Miller's been charged with three counts of assault and two counts of disorderly conduct. He has been reassigned to the department's evidence section pending the outcome of the criminal case and an internal affairs investigation.