‘Hiring Hundreds of New Officers At the Expense of City Services Violates Intention of Prop 104’
For immediate release
What: Speak out against new Phoenix PD hires during City Council public comment
Where: Phoenix City Council Chambers, 200 W Jefferson St.
When: TODAY, Wednesday October 21 at 3pm
Who: Puente, concerned community members
After voters approved Proposition 104 allocating more money for public transportation, Mayor Greg Stanton announced plans to divert $16 million dollars earmarked for transit to hire 425 new police officers. In light of a recent report on officer-involved shootings, community advocates have called on the Phoenix Police Department to institute major overhauls that end policies and practices that institutionalize abuse against civilians.
Community advocates and people with direct experience with violence at the hands of the Phoenix Police Department will be speaking during public comment during the Phoenix City Council meeting today. Many are concerned that the intention of Proposition 104 was to increase transit infrastructure and that City leadership deceptively advocated for its passage by now diverting funds to a police department riddled with problems, including inadequate data collection, lack of independent oversight through a civilian review board, and out-of-control immigration enforcement through a department-wide policy that mimics racial profiling law SB1070.
Francisca Porchas, of Puente, says, “The Phoenix Police Department has the highest per capita rate of deaths of civilians by police shootings in the nation, including the notorious cases of Rumain Brisbon and Michelle Cusseaux. Hiring new officers will not solve this problem while the culture of violence within the department remains in place. We are strongly against the practice raiding vital city services to fund more abuse.”