PHOENIX (AP) — City officials want an outside investigation into claims of a challenge coin with inappropriate messaging and imagery being circulated among Phoenix police officers.
The frontside of the coins show a man being shot in the groin with the date of an August 2017 protest on the backside.
The coin was apparently circulated among some members of the police department following a protest when officers used tear gas and bean bag rounds on protesters.
One protester kicked a gas canister and then was shot in the groin with a pepper ball.
The protest formed following a visit from then-President Donald Trump and a rally at the downtown Phoenix Convention Center.