Fired Phoenix Officer’s Suicide Spurs PTSD Debate


A Phoenix city councilman has called for the firing Police Chief Daniel Garcia, fanning the flames of a debate sparked by the suicide last week of fired Phoenix police Officer Craig Tiger, reports the Arizona Republic. According to Tiger’s family and the department’s officer union, Tiger suffered post-traumatic stress disorder following a 2012 on-duty shooting. He was arrested for DUI in June 2013, union leaders said.

After Tiger killed himself last week, police unions and family members criticized Garcia and the city’s treatment of those with PTSD. Garcia enacted a no-tolerance policy for officers arrested for DUI months after his March 2012 appointment, and Tiger lost his job as a the result of the DUI arrest. Union officials said the on-duty shooting led to a PTSD spiral that ended in suicide.

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