Phoenix council votes against defunding police oversight office


PHOENIX — Phoenix’s police oversight office will hold its funding, however when, or if, it should ever open nonetheless is unclear.

Three Phoenix metropolis councilmembers, Sal DiCiccio, Thelda Williams, and Jim Waring, proposed defunding the Office of Accountability and Transparency. The trio needed to switch many of the office’s $3 million funds to providers for the homeless.

At a council meeting Wednesday, dozens of Phoenix residents and police-reform advocates known as in to oppose the concept. Phoenix metropolis council voted 6-3 against the money switch.

Councilmembers accepted and funded OAT final year, however they hit an deadlock on the main points of how the office ought to conduct its oversight capabilities final November.

“Supporting the OAT is set up for failure,” Councilman Sal DiCiccio said. “It is literally set up to make our police department look bad in every situation, making sure they don’t even act anymore, and then you are going to end up with criminals running through our streets.”

“To me, oversight and accountability does contribute to a safe city,” Mayor Kate Gallego stated. “We want to build trust with our community, and we want all of our residents to feel that our justice system is working as best as is possible.”

Several prison justice reform teams additionally offered 9 petitions to the Phoenix City Council Wednesday. They urged the council to fireplace the town supervisor and police chief, disband the police division’s tactical response unit, and inform the county legal professional to drop prison costs against police reform protesters.

The petitions search reforms after a latest ABC15 investigation. Politically Charged uncovered how Phoenix officers mistreated, mocked, lied about, and piled on costs against protesters, who had spoken out against politicians and police.