Members of the Phoenix Police Department continue to come under fire from criminals and politicians.
While City Council members Thelda Williams and Jim Waring followed DiCiccio’s lead in expressing support for the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association and two officers that had been fired in late October, Councilman Carlos Garcia ramped up his campaign against the officers and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association in a Facebook post:
Ironically, one of the terminated officers was fired due to what was deemed a hate-based Facebook post.
The officers, Dave Swick and Christopher Meyer were fired from the Phoenix Police Department despite the fact that the Disciplinary Review Board recommended the officers receive suspensions.
While Garcia, a vocal anti-law enforcement progressive, questioned the motives of members of PLEA (Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, the Association turned the tables and questioned Garcia’s actions:
One has to wonder what City of Phoenix, AZ USACouncil Member Carlos’ Garcia’s priorities are. For someone who has only been in office since March, it’s evident he has time to leave the city… https://t.co/vABYVaItMe
— AZPLEA (@azplea) October 30, 2019
Garcia appears to share only his hate for officers on his Facebook page. His disdain is so strong, that he has described Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, a moderate Democrat who replaced the infamous Joe Arpaio, as “horrible.” Garcia accused Penzone of allowing “young women” to be “traumatized and abused in his jails.”
On October 26, Garcia live streamed on Facebook his visit to El Paso, Texas to “witness” what happened “at the Walmart last August.” Garcia was referring to the deadly mass shooting by a crazed gunman on August 3.
“Last time I was here, I was here for the children who were being put in cages,” said Garcia referring to now debunked articles about the treatment of unaccompanied alien children during the massive border surge. “Those kids are still in camps,” said Garcia finishing his thought.
Garcia then turned up the rhetoric in an effort to encourage people to get involved in the 2020 presidential race. “It it has been a heavy day for me. We got to hear from some of the families, some of the nurses that took care of people, and the damage that white supremacy and the language from this president has caused this community.”
Garcia made headlines in mid-October when ABC15 News covered Garcia’s encounter with Arizona State University Police officers during a traffic stop.
Body camera footage obtained by ABC15 News, shows Garcia becoming verbally aggressive toward the two officers on the morning of September 10 after they pulled him over in downtown Phoenix.
According to ABC15 News, Garcia questioned whether the officers had jurisdiction in the area and refused to sign the ticket he received for failing to have proof of insurance and the vehicle’s registration. Garcia told officers the car he was driving belonged to his father.
“I just need to look into that more to figure out how to get you guys out of here,” Garcia said to the officers, according to ABC 15 News.
Garcia then wanted to know if the officers wanted to know just who he was. They responded by walking away.
“The elected official who plays the, ‘Do you know who I am card?’ is an elected official that is suffering from a lack of understanding of their office,” political expert Stan Barnes told ABC15 News. “I think it makes him continually radioactive as someone to try to do business with, try to make decisions on the city council. It colors everything in a very bad way and will probably hurt his own relationships with other councilmen that are needed in order for the city to function.”
Related article: UPDATE: One Phoenix Police Officer, Two Women Shot, Suspect DEAD
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, two Phoenix Police officers received injuries during a standoff with a barricaded armed suspect near 28th St. & Atlanta which is just north of Roeser. One officer was shot and was taken to the Maricopa County Medical Center where he is expected to recover from his injuries. The other officer was bit by a K9 during the incident.
The suspect died Sunday afternoon from his injuries.