Arizona Police Caught Saying They Should Have Brutalized BLM Protesters

OFFICERS EXPRESSED REGRET OVER NOT STOMPING AND GASSINGGROUP OF PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR PROTESTING IN OCTOBER.

Officers in Phoenix, Arizona were caught via their own body cam­eras dis­cussing regret over fail­ing to com­mit acts of bru­tal­i­ty against Black Lives Matter pro­test­ers dur­ing arrests last October. After arrest­ing 18 mem­bers of BLM, three Arizona offi­cers sat in a squad car ques­tion­ing why “they hadn’t tram­pled the group and doused them in pep­per spray,” accord­ing to The Washington Post. “Why didn’t we just stomp on them when they were leav­ing?” one offi­cer can be heard ask­ing. Another offi­cer said they should, “just gas them and let them run like crazy.” Arizona Police Chief Jeri Williams promised “swift and deci­sive dis­ci­pli­nary action,” and described the offi­cers involved as dis­re­spect­ful. Williams has so far not revealed what that dis­ci­pline may look like.

According to The Post, just hours after the body-cam footage was released, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced that it would dis­miss charges against 15 of the pro­test­ers who were arrest­ed on October 17, 2020. The pro­test­ers were fac­ing a num­ber of charges, includ­ing riot­ing, aggra­vat­ed assault with a dead­ly weapon, and resist­ing arrest. Phoenix pros­e­cu­tors also filed gang-relat­ed charges against the pro­test­ers. An offi­cer explained that, although they were not in a gang, the pro­test­ers faced gang charges because they chant­ed “all cops are b — — ,” and most of them wore black and car­ried umbrellas.

Chief Williams said the depart­ment is going to under­go reform in order to pre­vent anoth­er inci­dent like this one from occur­ring again. “I have been and will con­tin­ue to be an advo­cate of the amaz­ing work done in this depart­ment each day,” she said in a state­ment. “However, I know that unpro­fes­sion­al, dis­re­spect­ful, and inap­pro­pri­ate behav­ior from even one of our offi­cers tar­nish­es the badge, but more impor­tant­ly, it hurts the com­mu­ni­ty we have sworn to protect.”

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