PHOENIX, AZ – Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams has been given a one-day suspension after lawyers hired by the city issued a report that heavily criticized her agency’s role in a now-discredited gang case filed against demonstrators.
— The Last Word (@TheLastWord) August 14, 2021
Several others in the Chief’s senior staff have also been demoted after outside investigations determined that the decision to charge 15 protesters with assisting a street gang was made without seeking input from Phoenix police’s gang enforcement unit.
It also said the agency did not have credible evidence to support the claim that the protesters were members of an anti-police gang called “ACAB,” meaning “All Cops Are Bastards.”
An outside attorney involved in the investigation said:
“(Police) found no credible evidence to support the assertion that ACAB is a criminal street gang, that it organized the protest of October 17, or was prone to violence.”
The decision to falsely charge a group of protesters as a criminal street gang was approved and known at the highest levels of the Phoenix Police Department, according to the investigation conducted by the outside law firm.
The law firm wrote that the city did not cooperate with their investigation:
“It bears noting, however, that we reach these findings without the benefit of all possible information. PPD (Phoenix Police Department) did not provide certain information we requested, and, on multiple occasions, certain relevant information was provided to the Investigation Team several weeks after information was known to PPD.”
Phoenix PD also manufactured a make-believe street gang to magnify charges against protesters. (The FBI was also present.) And then they apparently sent this one dumb sh*t into a grand jury room to… [squints] commit a felony by perjuring himself. pic.twitter.com/IGnRmNsl7I
— Dell Cameron (@dellcam) August 12, 2021
The firm said document delays allowed for emails and other documents to be purged due to retention schedules before investigators could review them.
They also criticized the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for refusing several requests for interviews and for information.
On October 17, 2020, a group of protesters were arrested in downtown Phoenix and indicted by a grand jury on multiple counts, including street gang charges.
Police and prosecutors falsely claimed the group of protesters were members of a street gang called, “ACAB.”
The law firm said a meeting was held prior to the charges specifically to determine the street gang charges. The meeting was attended by officials from the FBI, Phoenix Police Department, and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. In attendance were two Phoenix assistant chiefs: John Collins and Lawrence Hein.
The report read:
“In various interviews, high-ranking PPD officials told us that the ‘whole point’ of the meeting was to decide whether to charge the protesters under the gang statute. One PPD official discussed it as a ‘pre-charging meeting.’”
The report states that despite lack of evidence to support the street gang designation or that protesters planned violence, it was decided at the meeting that Sgt. Doug McBride would testify before the grand jury and author a new incident report to “bolster the charges:”:
“According to an analysis of PPD’s electronic records system, Sgt. McBride completed a second incident report on October 28 at 7:17 p.m., the day after his Grand Jury testimony — and eleven days after the protest. In this report, Sgt. McBride revised his description of the Protesters’ activity to conform to his testimony, as compared to his first incident report.
“More specifically, he described the ‘ACAB group’ as ‘one that’s been mimicking the behavior of a criminal street gang and should be classified as such.’”
— The Root (@TheRoot) August 13, 2021
The gang charges were later dismissed at the request of prosecutors, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has been asked by the city to investigate any criminal matters arising from the incident.
The report found that the PPD conducted an internal investigation of the incident in April, but found no wrongdoing:
“Investigative steps taken by SID were limited and in light of the information it had at the time of its inquiry, warrant independent scrutiny.”
Three assistant chiefs of the PPD were demoted and a sergeant has been placed on administrative leave.
Despite being disciplined, the law firm stated that there was no evidence that Chief Williams was aware of the meeting or had any involvement in the decision to charge.
Phoenix Police Chief Suspended Over Rewards for Shooting Protesters’ Balls https://t.co/bSp9a3AnQQ
— deray (@deray) August 13, 2021
A separate investigative report was issued detailing a game officers were allegedly playing during the rioting.
Officers created a trophy in the form of a coin emblazoned with a protester being shot with a pepper ball in the testicles. The coin was embossed with the phrases “Making America Great Again One Nut at a Time” and “Good Night Left Nut.”
Supervising officers allegedly gave the coins to their subordinates both on and off duty.
The report found that Chief Williams and other top department leaders failed to investigate the controversial challenge coin circulating among the ranks, according to the outside investigation.
Phoenix’s mayor said in a statement, “I’m disheartened and deeply disappointed by the findings of this investigation.”
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Report: Phoenix announces intent to charge Antifa-supporters as criminal street gang
November 19, 2020
PHOENIX, AZ- When riots broke out in almost every major city across the U.S. back in May, following the in-custody death of George Floyd, political leaders turned against its officers, and allowed the destruction.
Police departments were directly attacked from all sides, ranging from politicians, to major media outlets, to social media, to enduring actual physical attacks from the terrorists in the streets.
Cities were burned, looted, and destroyed. Crime rates have soared, officers have been injured, and businesses have lost everything. In the beginning, local leaders supported these actions, some going as far as condoning the mayhem by calling it the “summer of love”.
Several months later, as residents began to take issue with the ongoing violence, local leaders did not openly support the chaos, but just chose to turn a blind eye to it. Now, we are in November, and finally some leaders are starting to wake up, stand up, and take action against these individuals who are nothing short of terrorists.
Liberals FLIP OUT After Prosecutors Announce Intent to Charge Phoenix ANTIFA as a Criminal Street Gang https://t.co/72FzVXeXP9
— Scout Finch (@JayHiggies) November 19, 2020
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has chosen to charge leftist rioters, such as Antifa, as a criminal street gang, and they should be applauded.
In May, President Trump declared Antifa a terrorist group, and the entire left went wild. With the similar announcement the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has just made, the left is once again flipping out.
Liberal advocacy groups are rallying together and demanding that the prosecutors drop riot charges against the Antifa-style “protestors”.
Liberal advocacy groups are sounding off in response to a plan from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to charge leftist rioters as a criminal street gang, demanding that the prosecutors drop riot charges against the ANTIFA-style “protestors.”
— Build it right (@bideninept) November 19, 2020
According to Big League Politics, 18 Left-wing militants have been charged with various counts of rioting, unlawful assembly, aggravated assault on a police officer, hindering prosecution, criminal damage and obstructing public thoroughfare.
The arrests were made on October 18th, during a Black Lives Matter riot where a Phoenix police squad car was destroyed and rioters deployed smoke devices at law enforcement.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has charged at least a dozen of the left-wing rioters with gang-related crimes, following an investigation into the event.
In response, on Tuesday, November 17th, the liberal left threw a temper tantrum and gathered outside of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office demanding prosecutor Allister Adel grant a free pass to the left-wing youths.
Standing outside the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix for a press conference, group representatives also called for charges against all protesters arrested in recent months to be dropped. https://t.co/9VDqNBJ6oF
— Phoenix New Times (@phoenixnewtimes) November 17, 2020
In a statement, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has defended its decision to charge these delinquents as criminal gang members. Their justification was the fact that the individuals used textbook Antifa-style tactics, such as deploying incendiary devices, using umbrellas as weapons, and coordinating their attire in black.
The statement read:
“On October 27, 2020, a Maricopa County Grand Jury issued indictments on fifteen individuals for incidents that occurred on October 17, 2020. The indictment is for several crimes, including conspiracy to commit assault, riot, and assisting a criminal street gang. The attached Grand Jury Indictment outlines all charges.
“While some will attempt to describe these defendants as “protestors,” a grand jury found probable cause to *charge this group with crimes, including the planning of violence.
“Ethical rules regarding trial publicity prohibit MCAO from trying this case in the media or saying anything that might influence a jury in these cases. Therefore, we cannot provide details about the evidence that was presented to the grand jury.
“The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is responsible for felony criminal prosecution in Maricopa County. This office does not condone or support political prosecution of any kind and we encourage members of this community to lawfully exercise their first amendment rights regardless of the cause.
“As County Attorney Adel has publicly stated numerous times, MCAO is committed to protecting the safety of everyone in this community, law enforcement and demonstrators alike. While we fully support the rights of everyone to exercise their first amendment rights, we will not allow violence to take over our streets.
“A charge in a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.”
One can only hope that more major cities follow suit, and start taking a stance against this terrorist organization, and begin holding them accountable.
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