Arlington Police Officer Fired After Deadly Shooting

By Nataly Keomoungkhoun and Kelli Smith

7:02 PM on Nov 30, 2021 CST

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More than half of Arlington police officers signed a no-confidence petition for Chief Al Jones after he fired an officer involved in a fatal shooting, a police association said Tuesday.

Chris Ceballos, president of the Arlington Municipal Patrolman’s Association, said 365 officers out of 671 in the department signed the petition of no confidence. The association intended to present the petition to the City Council at its meeting Tuesday night.

Ceballos said officers lost confidence in the chief because there was “no administrative due process” for an officer fired last month, and that police didn’t interview the only witness to the Oct. 20 shooting until after the officer’s termination.

”It’s to let the city know there are issues in the department that they need to be aware of and pay attention to,” Ceballos said.

An Arlington police spokesman said the department is aware of the association’s plan to address city council and that Jones declined to comment. After the shooting, Jones said the officer could have avoided firing his weapon.

The vote has no immediate impact on Jones remaining chief, but it could make the city council or the public ask questions. Jones joined the department November 2020 and started work January 2021 after serving 25 years in the Baltimore County police department.

a href="/news/2021/10/22/arlington-police-fire-officer-who-fatally-shot-man-following-short-pursuit/"">>Arlington police Chief Al Jones spoke during a news conference Friday about the fatal shooting.News

Arlington police fire officer who fatally shot man following short pursuit

The Arlington Police Department on Friday fired an officer who shot and killed a man earlier this week, saying the officer could have taken steps to avoid opening fire.By Michael Williams

Officer Robert Phillips, a seven-year veteran, was fired on Oct. 22, two days after he shot Jesse Fischer, 40, of Arlington, after a brief pursuit.

On Oct. 20, police responded to reports of Fischer slumped over his steering wheel in the middle of Pioneer Parkway, near Daniel Drive.

Fischer drove away after an officer spoke to him, but he stopped again near Daniel Drive and Arkansas Lane. Police said Fischer ignored the order to surrender from Phillips and the other officer.

Fischer drove away again, turning onto Carla Court, which ends in a cul-de-sac. In a video released by police, Phillips stopped his patrol car in the middle of the cul-de-sac as Fischer turned the car around.

Phillips got out of his car and fired six shots, police said, striking Fischer several times, police said.He died at a hospital.

At the time, the chief said Phillips could have taken other actions.

“He could have backed up behind [his] vehicle and allowed the vehicle to go by,” Jones said at a press conference in October. “He could have stayed in his vehicle so he didn’t put himself in a situation where he had to use deadly force.”

The Arlington Police Association released a statement calling for Phillips’ reinstatement and said the department was “handing down judgments.”

“We’re jumping to conclusions here and it’s been less than 48 hours,” Arlington Police Association president J.P. Mason said. “A thorough investigation cannot be completed without interviewing all the witnesses and processing all the evidence.”

Source : https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2021/11/30/arlington-police-union-says-most-officers-lost-confidence-in-chief-after-he-fired-cop-who-killed-man/

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