Saginaw police officer arrested in hotel disturbance resigns

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A Saginaw police officer who had been on the job seven months has resigned after being arrested during a disturbance Jan. 26 at a hotel in north Fort Worth, officials said.

Fort Worth police officers and witnesses said Andrew Peterson appeared to be drunk and was "shouting profanities," according to a police report.

Peterson submitted his resignation Tuesday, said Officer Damon Ing, a Saginaw police spokesman.

According to Fort Worth police records, officers were called to a disturbance at about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Radisson Fort Worth Fossil Creek in the 2500 block of Meacham Boulevard.

Two witnesses told officers that a man, later identified as Peterson, appeared to be drunk and had been "shouting profanities." A security guard had detained Peterson, but he continued causing a disturbance until the officers arrived and arrested him.

Peterson was released from jail. Fort Worth police have continued to investigate the incident.

In a news release, Ing said that Saginaw police learned that Peterson had been "abusive toward the public, arresting police officers, and detention staff at the Fort Worth city jail."

"These actions discredited Peterson as a police officer, and embarrassed the city and its police department," Ing said.

Police Chief Roger Macon said Peterson's actions "failed to reflect the core values of the department, and certainly did not live up to the department's motto of Excellence in Policing."

Saginaw police started an internal investigation of Peterson, but his resignation brought that to an end, Ing said.

"As long as an employee is no longer an employee, the internal affairs process stops," Ing said. "But this does not affect any ongoing criminal investigations in Fort Worth."

Ing said he was not aware of any other problems involving Peterson since the officer joined the department in August.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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