Michael Fernandez

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Service Record

Agency Glendale Arizona Police Department
Rank Officer
Salary $101,638[1]
Last Known Status Active

Incident Reports

Improper Force and Search

Fernandez unlawfully detained a man, used improper force, and performed an unlawful search and seizure. Fernandez handcuffed a man in a civil dispute. When handcuffing the suspect, Fernandez allegedly said, "I can do whatever I want." Fernandez searched the man, which was an illegal search and seizure since the man was not under arrest.[2]

Department Response

Fernandez was suspended.[2]

2014 Investigtion and Reporting

Fernandez failed to conduct a "thorough investigation and complete a criminal offense report." [2]

Department Response

Fernandez was suspended.[2]

Neighbor's Dogs

While off-duty but in uniform, Fernandez confronted a neighbor about his loose dogs, and threatened to "make sure he got cited". The department said that Fernandez used poor judgment.[2]

Department Response

Fernandez was issued a Memo of Correction in his personnel file.[2]

Following Procedures

Fernandez did not properly follow police procedure for starting a pursuit of a vehicle. [2]

Department Response

Fernandez was issued a Memo of Correction in his personnel file. [2]

Search at Repair Shop

Fernandez responded to a complaint of a noise disturbance at a vehicle repair shop, and searched the vehicles VIN numbers to see if they were stolen without getting consent. Fernandez also entered a trailer without probable cause.[2]

In a separate incident described in the same memo, the department describes an unlawful detention where Fernandez suspected two people of dealing drugs. Fernandez was patronizing, and called for a K-9 officer to sniff the vehicle.[2]

Department Response

Fernandez was issued a Memo of Correction in his personnel file.[2]

2017 Arrest of Elijah Wesbrock

Department Response

Legal Action

On April 3, 2019, Wesbrock filed a lawsuit against Gabriel Vasquez, Fernandez, and Air Force Officers Ledford and Ledesma, citing violations of his First and Fourth Amendment rights, and other allegations.[3]

On June 3, 2020, the United States District Court provided a mixed ruling. Several of the counts in Wesbrock's lawsuit were denied due to a 2-year statute of limitations. Charges of malicious prosecution, supervisor liability, and conspiracy were allowed to continue.[3]

2017 Arrest of Johnny Wheatcroft

Fernandez arrived on the scene during the traffic stop and was responsible for handcuffing and restraining Wheatcroft.[2] Fernandez also applied his taser to Wheatcroft. [4]

Department Response

Legal Action

Nov 5, 2018, Wheatcroft and Chapman sued the city, Schneider, Lindsey, and Fernandez based on First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment violations.[4]

September 9, 2021, criminal charges were only brought against Matt Schneider.

References

  1. Michael Fernandez Police Officer City of Glendale, GovSalaries
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Michael Doudna, More details on the officers involved in the tasing of a man almost a dozen times, KPNX 12 News, 2019-03-12
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wesbrock v. Ledford], United States District Court for the District of Arizona, 2020-06-03
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wheatcroft v. Glendale, United States District Court, 2018-11-05