Pasadena Police Chief to investigate statements by detective William Broghamer in misconduct case

Lauren Gold (Pasadena Star-News) | July 9, 2014

Pasadena Police Detective William BroghamerPASADENA>> Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said he has launched an investigation into allegations of misconduct against detective William Broghamer.

In an audio recording played for a Pasadena jury last week in the murder trial of Rashad McCoy, Broghamer was heard telling a colleague he would “pin it on anybody, that’s how we roll.”

Sanchez said he has an “obligation” to look into the statement and whether there were any policy violations or misconduct involved.

“I think the defense attorney raised a concern of some level of conduct that I’m looking into now,” Sanchez said, “as I do with all matters of allegations of misconduct.”

The interview tape was played during the two-week murder trial against McCoy, who was acquitted by a jury Monday of fatally shooting 23-year-old Joseph Jones following an attempted robbery and foot chase in September 2012.

Broghamer testified in court that the exchange, which followed a 2011 interview with a witness in a separate case, was a joke.

Sanchez said Broghamer was transferred out of homicide shortly after a series of complaints were filed regarding his conduct in late 2012. On June 30, Broghamer was assigned to patrol and community service, Sanchez said.

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