new video loaded: Justice Dept. to Investigate Phoenix Police
Justice Dept. to Investigate Phoenix Police
The Justice Department on Thursday announced a civil rights inquiry into the Phoenix Police Department that will examine whether the police discriminate against minorities or mistreat homeless people or disabled people.
“Today, we are announcing that the Justice Department is opening an investigation into the city of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department. The investigation will determine whether the Phoenix Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of violations of the Constitution or federal law. This is the third pattern or practice investigation I have announced as attorney general. Each time I have noted that these investigations aim to promote transparency and accountability. This increases public trust, which in turn increases public safety.” “We found that the evidence here warrants a full investigation, but we approach this process with no predispositions or pre-drawn conclusions. What we’re planning to roll up our sleeves and look at closely is whether or not the Phoenix Police Department uses force unconstitutionally, including deadly force, whether the department engages in discriminatory policing, whether the department engages in retaliatory conduct by making arrests or using force against individuals engaged in peaceful, expressive activities We’re going to look at the department and whether they violate the rights of people experiencing homelessness by unlawfully seizing or disposing of personal property during cleanings or sweeps of encampments. We’re committed to following the facts where they lead and doing so in a timely manner so that we can expeditiously address any pattern or practice of unlawful conduct that may be identified.”
Recent episodes in U.S. Courts