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Phoenix declines review of police actions at Trump rally

Posted at 10:44 AM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 13:58:05-04

The Phoenix City Council will not move forward with an independent investigation into the actions of the Phoenix Police Department after a protest last week at a President Donald Trump rally.

Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher withdrew his recommendation to authorize the independent review Wednesday after about 200 people commandeered the Phoenix City Council meeting to rail against city leaders and vent frustration over the police's crowd-control tactics.

Many of the people, who were at the rally, argued an independent review chosen by the city would be biased toward the police department.

After more than five hours of fiery public testimony from , Zuercher withdrew his request for the review.

Many of those who spoke at the meeting say law enforcement excessively deployed tear gas and pepper spray without warning.