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Phoenix officers ponder independent review body for police

Posted at 10:26 AM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 13:26:08-04

PHOENIX (AP) - City officials are reviewing options for an independent body to oversee police after a videotaped encounter between Phoenix officers and a black family sparked a national outcry.

The Phoenix City Council Tuesday afternoon is holding an afternoon policy meeting to discuss options for some kind of civilian review of the police force.

Police agencies in many large U.S. cities have such committees, but the creation of one in Phoenix has long been opposed by the city's powerful police union.

Community members have called for a committee amid the recent outcry.

A black couple last month filed a $10 million claim against the city after video showed officers pointing guns and yelling obscenities when responding to a shoplifting report. They say their young daughter took a doll from a store.