Mayor Votes To Implement 'Extremist, Anti-Police' Civilian Oversight Committee

Holly Matkin

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego voted to implement a very controversial plan for a citizens oversight committee.

Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego cast the deciding vote to implement a citizens review board in what has been called “the most radical, extremist anti-police plan” in the country.

"I think we could have adopted a policy that would have helped us better unite the city, but it was important that we move forward," Gallego said of the decision to establish the police oversight board, according to KNXV.

The proposal for the implementation of the Office of Accountability and Transparency was the brainchild of Phoenix City Councilman Carlos Garcia.

The 5-to-4 City Council vote came after five hours of debate, during which dozens of primarily African American and Hispanic community members demanded more monitoring of Phoenix police, the Associated Press reported.

“I wanted to see civilian oversight in the City of Phoenix,” Gallego told KNXV on Wednesday. “It is part of an overall package to modernize our police department that I’ve been working on this year.”

The mayor said that officers will also be mandated to wear bodycams and to undergo additional mental health training.

The city now must create two independent entities – the Community Review Board and the Office of Accountability and Transparency staffed by city employees, the Associated Press reported.

Working together, the newly-formed entities will be tasked with generating their own reports on police investigations, training, and policy.

Gallego had been pushing for her own proposal, which did not give citizens the power to investigate the police force, but jumped on board with the more restrictive plan at the last minute, the Associated Press reported.

“This is the most radical, extremist anti-police plan in the whole damn country,” said City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who voted against the proposal. “It is going to destroy the morale of our police department and put our public in danger.”

Councilman Jim Waring, who also voted against the proposal, argued that law enforcement officers’ jobs are hard enough at it is.

"To the officers, I know you got an extremely tough job. I, personally, don't want to add to your burdens, which I think this will today," Waring said, according to KNXV.

Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) Board of Trustees President Michael “Britt” London said that establishing the oversight entities shoved law enforcement officers’ concerns to the side.

"We are extremely disappointed the Phoenix City Council chose to ignore the concerns of local law enforcement and establish new oversight entities that will continue the divisive narrative against our men and women in uniform," London told KPNX.

“Our existing process works, providing civilians with the opportunity to question officers in Discipline Review Boards and Use of Force Boards,” he continued. “We wish the council would have taken the opportunity to inform concerned constituents about the transparent process that already exists.”

“Our organization will continue to monitor and provide input during the development of the Community Review Board and the Office of Accountability and Transparency,” the union president said. “We will also assess our legal and regulatory options moving forward."

Phoenix Police Sergeant and Lieutenants Association President Ben Leuschner said that the citizens who will be tasked with investigating the police force aren’t even trained or experienced in police work.

"This plan is actually designed to create conflicts between the department's investigations and a parallel investigation conducted by investigators that will not have the experience and training the members of the department have," Leuschner told KNXV.

Gallego said that the police unions are “important stakeholders,” and that she wants to “balance and understand their needs.”

“There is so much happening, but I’m proud of the work we’re doing. I’m proud of the City of Phoenix,” the mayor quipped.

Meanwhile, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said that her department is committed to working collaboratively with the oversight board and the new accountability and transparency office, KNXV reported.

Chief Williams will ultimately have final say with regards to potential discipline issues involving Phoenix police officers, KPNX reported.

Garcia has called for the city to dump $1.8 million into the new office’s annual budget, and requested that 12 employees be hired to carry out its duties.

Comments (90)
Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

So there going to hire activists and minorities to be part of a review process...
What a great idea.. said every illegal immigrant and SJW and that clueless mayor

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

I think thousands of law-abiding Phoenis folks who are pro-LEO need to apply for positions on this Community Review Board.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

damn, 1.8 million for 12 employees..... How do I get hired for a job like that?

LEO0301
LEO0301

How to destroy police moral in one easy step.

Aramovich
Aramovich

1.8 million divided by 12 = $150,000 per person, What do they pay cops down there?

SoxFan33
SoxFan33

What are they going to do when they have a shortage of Police Officers and a lack of interested candidates? That won't be very safe now, will it?

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

These people endanger everyone with their insane logic. Maybe they'll start disappearing faster than those police that will be leaving.

Disabledguy
Disabledguy

It's called checks & balances. Is not the motto "to serve and protect"? Since it means the people, shouldn't they be involved and not have a police force with a absolute power.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

So a bunch of people who know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about police work, other than their preconceived ignorant street myths, are going to armchair quarterback the police. That won’t lead to problems.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

Every cop and fireman should tell to bitch F-off and QUIT! See how long it takes until someone rapes her ass.

Wasiechu1
Wasiechu1

About requiring police body cams. As has been repeatedly demonstrated, the camera are often exposing the lies and bigotry of those making false complaints.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

The article says, “Our existing process works, providing civilians with the opportunity to question officers in Discipline Review Boards and Use of Force Boards,”. So now they are going to add... “city now must create two independent entities – the Community Review Board and the Office of Accountability and Transparency staffed by city employees.”
So there will be 4 different investigations looking at an officer’s actions, not counting the media, District Attorneys office and the arrestees attorney. Oh and let us not forget the FBI investigation for alleged Civil Rights violations.
Wow this is not the place to be a cop no matter how much they pay!

spd522
spd522

Seems like every town with a female mayor and/or police chief is doing all they can to make the job of the officers more difficult. And definitely anti-police if they are Democrat.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

What's wrong Mayor, the pressure of the huge office too much for you to handle? Don't let the power go to your head, use it instead!

vwiles34
vwiles34

I guess the next bright idea will be for officers to put handcuffs on at the start of each tour.

RetSgt
RetSgt

So....make each committee member do 'Shoot/Don't Shoot' scenarios plus a 40 hour required ridealong during all shifts, even the overnight ones. Make them work for their $150,000.

JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ
JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ

If they are going to be doing investigations make them meet the same requirements as an officer. As in most places a degree of working towards one in criminology, go to the Academy and do the ride along. Learn how to do an investigation.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@LEO0301 “Chief Williams will ultimately have final say with regards to potential discipline issues involving Phoenix police officers, KPNX reported”

Want to wager she doesn’t? Hehe!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@Bigyoda20 Nope! I’m not anticipating any! At least right away.

538 central K
538 central K

All they done is made Phoenix a bigger shit hole than it already is.
Its the home invasion capitol od America. It has some of the highest human smuggling and narcotics trafficking crimes in America.
They want the savages to control sheepdogs so they dont eradicate the wolves of society. Ok so be it.
PHOENIX COPS SIT BACK LET IT IMPLODE AND DO NOTHING. LET BUSINESS RACE OUT OF THE STATE, LET THESE ANIMALS DESTROY THE PLACE. SIT BACK AND LAUGH.

THEY WANT A HANDS OFF REACTIVE POLICE DEPARTMENT. DO JUST THAT. LET IT FUCKING BURN. JUST LOOK AT NYPD. EVER SINCE THAT FAR LEFT WACO FEDERAL JUDGE IMPLEMENTED BS OVERSIGHT, BODYCAMS AND OVER ZEALOUS CCRB CRIME HAS SKYROCKETED.

LET THE PHOENIX IMPLODE LIKE A WORLD NATION IT WANTS.

FUCK THESE CORRUPT FAR LEFT LIBERALS.

The express
The express

If I was a cop there I would slow roll into the hood and just pick up the dead bodies and go home.

pclaw
pclaw

Let's expand this idea. Let's have a untrained, politically selected citizen committee making decisions for brain surgeons, judges, ministers... Let's have unqualified people with an agenda second guess everyone about everything. --- Seriously, add Phoenix to the list of cities that will be too unsafe and lawless for our family to visit.

Gramercy
Gramercy

OFFICER ACCOUNTABILITY!!!???? Sounds more like they need a lot of "government accountability!" Remember...butter your bread with those whom you are willing to sit at the table and eat with! This is totally disgraceful to the police force!

rables
rables

They will hire illegals. This mayor is an idiot. Let the blue flu fly. slow down, and look the other way.

Wish505
Wish505

And oh yes he forgot to mention all the members of the board will be what they call African American and Hispanic with no concept of what is needed other than it is a fat pay check for some of Garica's friends. Phoenix is going to end up like other cities and states with a large need to replace qualified officers who go elsewhere.

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

If that’s the case I’ll make the police work much easier by taking “good” care of any activist who tries to break into our home. The officers will only need to bring a body bag for the offender and paperwork to finish my calls.

djaznh
djaznh

There is nothing hard to understand. She's pandering at the cost of good citizens' safety and lives, while, creating a hostile and dangerous work environment for LEO.

TimICT
TimICT

I can hear good police officers all over Phoenix typing a fresh resume.

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Patriotdave
Patriotdave

Soon it will be like that everywhere. Officers that are worth their salt will refuse to work in Demonrat hellholes, so the only help the good citizens will get is a Barney Fife or a crooked cop just in it for a paycheck and kickbacks. (We all hate to admit those exist, but they do) I feel sorry for the honest citizens, but they will all need to start carrying if they don't already.

GForce48
GForce48

Another glaring example of Dems/libs/socialists undermining law enforcement efforts and empowering people bringing unfounded grievances against police officers because they don't want to comply!

Golobki
Golobki

The leftists always speak of "moving forward" but never tell us what or where "forward" is.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

How about the police elect a civilian oversight commitee as watch dogs on politicians and governmet workers.....DA's, Judges, lawyers, political hacks! Be incharge of politicians to, you know, Critique the job they're doing. Maybe keep a eye on state, county and city employees! Run a forensic accounting of money!

nuccten
nuccten

Sheriff Joe Arpaio would NOT be happy. A young Democrat mayor in a largely Republican area. How did this happen? There goes pro-active policing. Which is largely the goal.

portManaT13
portManaT13

Everybody wants perfection. What a bunch of dummies.
LEO's have fractions of seconds to make determinations about a host of issues when interfacing with citizens.
Each of those committee members should be required to do monthly ride alongs so that they see the actuality of down-in-trenches police work. They should have the "pleasure" of being vomited on, spit at, kicked, slapped, cussed out, etc. Then they might, just might, be able to do a credible job of "oversight."

Bluemoon135
Bluemoon135

I've worked for two agencies with similar "boards & auditors". Lots of noise, little substance. POA lawyers make money and the city wastes resources catering to the wishes of the civilians who think they know better...

Woobie46
Woobie46

PHOENIX: We CAN and MUST do better. VOTE these asshats OUT once and for ALL. AZ was a RED state for years and years and we let ONE filthy dem in and now look what has happened. WE must unify and vote a straight Republican ticket for the next several elections and get this scum OUT of our communities. BEGINNING with the 2020 election of Trump and on down the ticket!!!!!

Disgruntled_in_Cali
Disgruntled_in_Cali

Arizona circling the drain as liberal a**hats in Phoenix and Tucson implement their utopian vision..... Just look at the models they're following CA, NY, IL.....

MSK
MSK

Gee, having a group of people who have ZERO training and experience as a police officer and in all likelihood have a hard on for the police be the ones judging their actions. What could possibly go wrong? I hope this comes back to bite the council members who voted for it and the mayor in the ass.

Lt029
Lt029

Time for smart PPD officers (who can) to lateral out!

DRCOPDAD1
DRCOPDAD1

So they are going to pay people that hate law and order to watch the police? another great idea!!!

rhh33672
rhh33672

Ask yourself the real question, who kills more blacks in the neighborhood???? Police or other blacks that live there?

rhh33672
rhh33672

Let Phoenix burn and like the name says, revive again after the fire.


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