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May 25, 2012 10:58 PM

Mesa officer accused of excessive force

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Mesa police say a veteran officer is facing allegations of excessive force over an off-duty road rage incident late last year.

Police officials said Friday that Sgt. Michael Duke has been placed on administrative reassignment to his home with pay but that's standard protocol.

They say Scottsdale police handled the investigation to avoid a conflict of interest. It'll now be up to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to review the case for possible criminal charges.

Duke is a 19-year police veteran. He was driving to an urgent care center with his three sons in the car on Dec. 18 when he got into a traffic altercation with another driver in northeast Mesa.

Court records show Duke drew his weapon and called 911 and the men got into a physical altercation.

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