Mesa Officers Support Sergeant in Off-Duty Scottsdale Road Rage Altercation

Sgt. Duke's Wife, Alicia Duke, speaking out on his behalf

Sgt. Duke's Wife, Alicia Duke, speaking out on his behalf

On December 18, 2011, an off-duty Mesa Sergeant was driving to an urgent care with his three sons when he encountered by an aggressive man engaging in road rage.  The man, Randy Smyers (of reportedly Sterling [Alaska], Anchorage [Alaska], Apache Junction and Mesa), stopped his car in the middle of a street and approached the officer’s vehicle in a threatening manner.  Sergeant Michael Duke, in pain, acted in order to protect his small children’s and the public’s safety.  The City of Mesa recently settled a lawsuit with Mister Smyers and his brother, who sued the department.  Mesa Police Association (MPA) members disagreed with the taxpayer funded court settlements and supports Sergeant Duke.

“Officers are compelled to act – on and off duty,” states Ryan Russell, President of the Mesa Police Association (MPA).  “Sergeant Duke could have fled the area, but I don’t feel that’s what the public expects of their police officers.  Sergeant Duke clearly felt his children and the public were threatened by Randy Smyer’s erratic actions.  Ultimately, this is the kind of officer (Duke) the tax payer wants to see protecting them.”

Sgt. Mike Duke

Sgt. Mike Duke

Sergeant Michael Duke is a multi-generational police officer and loving family man.  He has served the citizens of Mesa for nineteen (19) years.  During his career, he moved through the ranks (field training officer, gang detective, patrol sergeant and gang enforcement sergeant) and received many awards, accommodations and citizen compliments.  He has several hundred hours of advanced police tactical, and SWAT training.  Additionally, Duke was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army in the first Gulf War.  He continues to volunteer his time coaching children in T-ball and basketball, while accomplishing personal mountain biking goals.

The Mesa Police Association reminded the public that Sergeant Duke is allowed due process rights and is optimistic about the outcome.

MPA continues to ask that members consider donating time to Mike.

Click below to read or watch the media coverage related to Sergeant Duke.

CLICK TO READ THE AZCENTRAL.COM COVERAGE: Mesa Police to Release Results of Misconduct Investigation in Road Rage Incident

CLICK TO READ EVTRIB.COM COVERAGE: Veteran Mesa Cop at Center of Excessive Force Investigation

CLICK TO READ FOX 10’S COVERAGE: Off-Duty Officer May Be Charged Criminally in Excessive Force Investigation

CLICK TO READ ABC 15’S COVERAGE: Mesa Police Officer Investigated for Alleged Excessive Force