Officer Accused of Obtaining Pain Pills Resigns

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) - A Concord police officer accused of taking pain medication from senior citizens has resigned.

KTVU-TV reports that Matthew Switzer submitted his resignation to the department on Monday.

Switzer is scheduled to face charges of burglary and elder abuse in Contra Costa County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Switzer was booked into jail Friday. He is accused of using his position as a police officer to enter a senior living center to illegally obtain prescription drugs from residents, including Norco, a powerful combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone.

Switzer, who was a member of the department's K9 unit, had been on paid leave.

The Contra Costa County Public Defender's office says Switzer's arrest now casts doubt on his credibility. They will be reviewing criminal cases in which he may have served as a witness.

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