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We have new information about the Glendale assistant police chief who was recently put on paid administrative leave. We've learned he's been demoted and we're learning more about why.

We spoke to a spokesperson for Greg Dominguez and he says that the Glendale police department officials have forbidden Dominguez to talk to the media about the allegations. So for now Dominguez is staying quiet, but the spokesperson gives us details about what Dominguez says actually happened.

He's a 28-year veteran of the Glendale police department, and now Greg Dominguez is being forced from his job.

The department is demoting the former assistant police chief to commander and putting him on one week unpaid leave.

This all after allegations Dominguez threatened to burn down a Peoria smoke shop after he believed his son had bought the synthetic drug Spice there.

"This was a terrified father trying to keep his son alive," said David Leibowitz, spokesperson for Dominguez.

According to the police union, Dominguez admits he went to the shop on two separate occasions.

"He never laid his hand on another human being, he didn't have a weapon, he didn't say he was a police officer... he simply said if you don't stop selling my son drugs we are going to have a problem. Did he use strong language, sure."

But the strong language, the union official says, shouldn't be reason for the harsh punishment.

"I think it's very unfortunate that the acting police chief wants to judge a man by five minutes and not by the other 28 years he spent in uniform."

Dominguez isn't being charged criminally, and the union spokesperson says Dominguez plans on appealing the punishment.

As for the department, they won't tell us any specifics about the investigation. The department officials do however say Dominguez has every right to appeal the discipline.

We went to the smoke shop and no one there would comment on what happened.


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