A week after police officers unleashed gas, foam projectiles and pepper balls on protesters, Phoenix announced it will seek an independent review of police behavior during Donald Trump’s visit to Arizona.In a letter to Police Chief Jeri Williams, Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher said he will ask an outside firm to review the department’s preparation and response during Trump’s Aug. 22 rally. ”With the high-profile nature of the events and community concerns and support expressed, it is important to use outside expertise to add a layer of objective review in this situation,” Zuercher wrote.Thousands turned out to protest Trump outside the Phoenix Convention Center where the president spoke for about an hour.Protesters were largely peaceful. But after Trump’s speech, a handful of people began throwing items at officers. Police responded with a wave of tear gas and pepper balls. MORE: Police used foam projectiles at anti-Trump protest in Phoenix Many protesters in attendance said there was no warning to disperse before police deployed crowd-dispersing agents. The department was widely criticized by attendees for what they called excessive force.Williams told reporters hours after the scuffles that the department would perform a standard review of its response. But many community leaders insisted on an independent investigation for… Read full this story
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