Washington officer fired for destroying evidence against him

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ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Public records show that a Washington city fired a police officer in May after new information surfaced about his conduct in 2010.

The Everett Herald reports that the city of Arlington fired 44-year-old Jason Rhodes in May. Rhodes faced allegations of being dishonest and destroying evidence against him in an internal investigation.

The new information prompted another investigation that led to Rhodes’ termination. Prosecutors say the former officer’s credibility could have been a problem if he had to testify in court.

Rhodes argues that he was unfairly targeted for scrutiny.

The union is not appealing the firing. The union president said Tuesday that the recent investigation speaks for itself.

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