Posted: Nov 03, 2016 12:22 AM EST Updated: Nov 03, 2016 12:54 PM EST
The two officers are Christopher Tiona and Logan Egnor. We are still working to get the specific charges they are facing.
Tiona and Egnor were accused of using improper force on a homeless woman. Body camera footage shows the officers engaged in an escalating argument with the woman, until Egnor sprayed her in the face with pepper spray.
A department investigator found the officers lied in a report about staying to help the woman, who can be heard on video screaming in apparent pain.
Earlier this year, the pair were suspended by the department for 240 hours or six weeks, which we’re told is the most severe punishment aside from termination.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office revealed in March of this year that they were not going to prosecute either officer because prosecutors did not think they could get a conviction saying in part, “After reviewing the totality of the facts and circumstances in this matter, our office determined there was no reasonable likelihood of meeting this burden of proof.”
We’re told new information has come to light and those details were provided to the County Attorney’s Office which resulted in these criminal charges.
Right now both officers are on paid leave.