Arizona police department’s $1.9 million contract to hire sex workers was cancelled
Breitbart News has learned that Phoenix police officers assigned to the department’s sex-work task force received a $1 million contract cancellation, just hours before it was scheduled to be awarded.
The Phoenix Police Department is a notoriously corrupt police force that has been under investigation by a number of federal and state investigations into corruption and abuse.
The task force was contracted to provide support to sex workers who had been arrested for prostitution, drug offenses and other violations, and to provide “consultations, training, and referrals for sex workers” who had experienced abuse by police officers, the Arizona Department of Human Services said in a news release.
The contract was scheduled for the end of June.
The contract was awarded to Sgt. Christopher E. Johnson, a veteran of the department, who was assigned to serve as the lead investigator in the Phoenix investigation into Phoenix Police Officers Joseph J. DeJesus and Ronald D. McBride.
Johnson was promoted to sergeant by Mayor Greg Stanton on July 13, two days after the announcement of the police investigation.
Stanton, a Republican, said that Johnson was acting as a “co-conspirator” in the investigation.
The Arizona Daily Star reported that Johnson had previously been investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly violating a federal law that prohibits sex workers from purchasing sex.
A federal investigation into Johnson and DeJesus also has been ongoing since January.
According to the Associated Press, Johnson and McBride resigned from the Phoenix Police Force in March, after they were indicted on multiple counts of sex trafficking and sex abuse.
A Phoenix police department spokesperson said in an email to Breitbart News that the department has “no additional information at this time regarding the specifics of this contract” and that a decision regarding the termination of the contract would be made “at the appropriate time.”
In an interview with the AP, Johnson denied any wrongdoing, saying, “There are no allegations that I committed any violations or that I knew about any wrongdoing.
I was a good officer.””
I’m a father, a husband, a grandfather, I’m a dad,” he added.