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The Justice Department states that Phoenix police consistently violate civil rights and employ excessive force

Joe Clure peaks in the news conference (Via Ross Barr/Shutterstock)

A recent federal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department reveals troubling practices within the Phoenix Police Department. The report highlights instances where officers have discriminated against Black, Hispanic, and Native American individuals. It also points out unlawful detentions of homeless people and incidents of excessive force, including unjustified deadly force.

Investigators found significant racial disparities in how Phoenix police enforce laws, particularly when dealing with minor drug and traffic violations. They noted cases where officers fired their weapons without facing imminent threats and delayed medical assistance to those injured during encounters.

The report does not specify if the federal government plans to enforce reforms through a consent decree, a process known for its cost and duration.

Darrell Kriplean takes the questions (Via Benjamin Barr/Shutterstock)

However, a Justice Department official mentioned that such decrees have been used in similar cases to implement necessary changes.

Interim Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan stated that they will thoroughly review the findings before deciding on any actions. Meanwhile, the president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association criticized the investigation, labeling it a “farce” and expressing concern that a consent decree could negatively impact officer morale.

Attorney General Merrick Garland described the report as a crucial step toward accountability and transparency. He emphasized the Justice Department’s commitment to implementing reforms that protect the civil rights and safety of Phoenix residents while fostering trust between the police and the community.

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