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Phoenix City Council weighs options for police oversight

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 15:27:17-05

PHOENIX - The City Council is weighing two proposals for police oversight after a record number of officer shootings in past years and the uproar over a videotaped encounter last summer between officers and an African American family whose young daughter took a doll from a dollar store.

Council members Tuesday afternoon are to decide on one of two models. One backed by Mayor Kate Gallego creates a civilian police ombudsman to mediate complaints and monitor probes into the use of force.

A second model favored by City Councilman Carlos Garcia would create two new independent bodies, an office of accountability and transparency and a community review board.