On Tuesday, the Phoenix City Council rejected a petition calling for the creation of a civilian oversight board for the police department. The citizen petition was in response to the actions by police and protesters after the August rally for President Donald Trump.
Councilman Sal DiCiccio described the petition as an attempt to “persecute the brave men and women of the Phoenix Police Department for their actions surrounding the protests of August 22.”
“We already have extensive civilian oversight of our police department,” said DiCiccio. “This was a witch hunt, pure and simple. The hunt is over. Our officers performed brilliantly that night under tremendous duress, tonight the Council demonstrated our faith in Chief Williams and our incredible men and women in blue.”
“The choice that night was between chaos and control. Cities that have chosen chaos have paid an enormous price in violence and destruction,” continued DiCiccio. “Our officers and their response spared us that, and we need to be thanking them, not attacking them. This is a win for law and order.”
The Council rejected DiCiccio’s alternate motion that would have ended a review by the city manager’s office.
“The Council made a mistake in turning down my substitute motion, this issue isn’t going to go away until the Council stands together behind our police department,” said DiCiccio. “The protestors pushing this initiative don’t want the police to be able to do their job, we have to stand up and put a stop to this.”