DPS says Trooper George Cervantes continues to be a DPS worker and that he is at present on “industrial go away.”
PHOENIX — A newly launched DPS report exhibits their findings within the loss of life of Dion Johnson, the person who was shot and killed by a trooper final Could.
The Division of Public Security confirmed final week their inside investigation into Trooper George Cervantes was full after refusing to touch upon the standing of the investigation in March.
A replica of the report obtained by 12 Information reveals DPS’ findings within the taking pictures investigation:
No coverage or process points or deficiencies famous.
No coaching points or deficiencies famous.
No gear points or deficiencies famous.
Within the early hours of Memorial Day 2020, Cervantes drove up on his company motorbike to a parked automotive blocking a part of Loop 101 close to Tatum.
The cease would in the end result in Cervantes taking pictures and killing the person within the driver’s seat of that automotive, Johnson, whose identify would grow to be the middle of protests within the Valley together with George Floyd’s. Each males had been killed on the identical day.
Again in Could, when Cervantes went as much as the driving force’s aspect window, he stated he noticed open containers of alcohol and a gun within the suspect’s automotive.
Cervantes advised investigators he eliminated the gun and went to arrest Johnson for a DUI. When Johnson awakened, he tried to combat again.
Cervantes stated he feared he’d be pushed into visitors, so he fired his weapon twice.
On the time DPS didn’t have physique cameras for any of their troopers, however ADOT had visitors cameras and responding officers from different departments had physique cameras that captured the moments after the taking pictures.
Different responding companies did have physique cameras, together with footage from a Scottsdale police officer that exhibits Cervantes and one other responding trooper rendering assist to Dion Johnson.
Cervantes advised the Scottsdale officer he fired two photographs and the second should have “grazed” Johnson.
Johnson’s household and legal professional on the time voiced concern over the dearth of footage exhibiting precisely what occurred.
Earlier this 12 months, DPS stated 150 of their troopers had been geared up with physique cameras for a trial run. A spokesperson stated 75 troopers statewide had cameras from Axon and 75 from Watchguard. The trial interval will probably undergo the top of the fiscal 12 months, which ends in June.
Gov. Doug Ducey has known as for all troopers to be geared up with physique cameras. Funding for cameras for all troopers is a part of ongoing state laws and the state’s price range proposal.
On the time of the taking pictures, Johnson had a misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest. Data say Cervantes didn’t know who Johnson was or his historical past earlier than the taking pictures.
Data launched from the Maricopa County Lawyer’s Workplace present particulars about Johnson’s prior arrests, together with allegations of fights together with his household and assaulting an ex-girlfriend.
Johnson additionally served jail time for armed theft and aggravated assault. Johnson was additionally listed as a “recognized gang member.”
As a trooper, Cervantes has his personal report with DPS. In his 15 years with the division, paperwork present there have been 13 complaints filed towards him. Some had been unfounded, however he was disciplined for others, like utilizing his DPS taser on his household’s canine.
In September, County Lawyer Allister Adel introduced her workplace wasn’t pursuing legal expenses towards Cervantes.
DPS says Cervantes continues to be a DPS worker and that he is at present on “industrial go away,” however didn’t elaborate on what which means.