Phoenix to hire outside firm to review police performance during Trump rally

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 29, 2017

Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher (ZUR'-ker) wants the city to hire a consulting firm to conduct an independent review of the police response to protests that turned unruly after President Donald Trump's August 22 rally.

"There is though", Zuercher wrote, " significant community dialogue about how the final hour of the day unfolded".

Zuercher said OIR Group, Inc.

Zuercher said Tuesday the outside review would be in addition to the Police Department's own after-action review but is needed to ensure public confidence in the department.

Phoenix police officials claim the department has multiple videos from multiple sources that show protesters after the President's rally last week threw objects at officers before force was deployed.

"Let me be clear, this (external) review does not diminish the professionalism of our Phoenix police officers", he said. "In fact, it will serve to strengthen the Phoenix Police Department and to transparently educate the community about the complexities of policing in a large city". The Arizona Republic said police confirmed Monday that officers fired "foam batons" - plastic bullets capped or filled with foam - to disperse protesters who were throwing bottles, rocks and gas canisters at the officers.

Zuercher, of course, referencing the chaotic scene that erupted following President Donald Trump's rally on August 22 in downtown Phoenix.

Protests began peacefully and remained that way until the rally ended.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Kate Gallego have endorsed the review. "There were no serious injuries and only a handful of arrests".

Williams and Stanton are scheduled to meet with leaders of several rally protest groups on September 5 to "hear their perspectives and concerns" directly, Stanton said.

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