Phoenix Police launch informational webpage for DOJ investigation
PHOENIX – Phoenix Police on Thursday launched an informational webpage to track the progress of the Justice Department’s investigation into potential civil rights violations and abuse of the department’s power.
The community resource page includes frequently asked questions, a timeline for the progress of the investigation, and other resources related to the investigation.
Phoenix Police held a community meeting and provided information about the investigation to the department’s American Indian Advisory Board this month, according to schedule.
The Justice Department announced on August 5 that its civil rights division would review the police department’s use of force practices.
It will also look for models of retaliation against activities protected by the First Amendment and discrimination against disabled or homeless people.
Investigators will also contact Phoenix community groups and members of the public about their experiences with the police.
The DOJ reviewed media reports, court records, and citizen complaints before deciding to go ahead with the Phoenix investigation.
The results of the probe are not expected for some time, perhaps more than a year.
Earlier this year, the Justice Department announced it was opening similar investigations into police forces in Minneapolis, after the death of George Floyd, and in Louisville, Kentucky, after the death of Breonna Taylor.