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Councilman DiCiccio Second Statement on Police ContractCouncilman DiCiccio Second Statement on Police Contract<div class="ExternalClass031CD43A6A9D4E8C94D0D5D38943B5AB"><p>​<strong>Phoenix Police Department Rushed the Sole Bid Contract</strong></p><p><em>Contractor knew and agreed to new plagiarism charges prior to Council vote.</em></p><p> </p><p>The attached letter fully proves that on May 1, 2015, Dr. Matthew Whitaker knew, agreed to the plagiarism charges and was required to take steps to fix the problem. The above referenced letter is available <a href="/district6site/Documents/Panchanathan%20Letter.pdf">here</a>.</p><p> </p><p>The letter required Dr. Whitaker to issue a public letter of this ruling by May 15 - two days after the Phoenix City Council vote of May 13. </p><p> </p><p>Phoenix Police Commander Mike Kurtenbach testified that the contract must be approved at the council meeting of May 13.  Phoenix Police testified at the council meeting they did all the due diligence required which we now know to be false.</p><p> </p><p>"Phoenix Police either purposely rushed this contract before the plagiarism charges went public or they misled the public with their claims of completing their due diligence.  In each case they caused a waste of taxpayer dollars and must be held accountable.  Things like this do not happen in a vacuum.  The first thing that must be done is that this contract must be terminated and it must be terminated now-today.  The letter speaks for itself," said Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio.</p><p> </p><p>Listed below is the timeline as outlined in the letter with supporting information provided by the sources making it clear that as of the City Council meeting on May 13, 2015, Dr. Whitaker knew he had violated Professional Research Standards and was in the process of taking prescribed remedial actions that needed to be provided to the Research Integrity Officer by May 15, 2015.</p><p>1)  Internal Analysis provided by an ASU Professor in an undated document.</p><p>2)  External Analysis by Princeton Professor dated January 9, 2015.</p><p>3)  Dr. Whitaker responds to internal and external analyses in a letter to Research Integrity Officer on March 7, 2015, requesting no more action be taken.</p><p>4)  Research Integrity Officer makes finding and remedial action recommendations to Sethuraman Panchanathan, SVP Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development in Memorandum dated April 15, 2015.</p><p>5) Sethuraman Panchanathan, SVP Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development sends letter dated May 1, 2015, to Dr. Whitaker stating that the inquiry committee members conclude Dr. Whitaker violated Professional Research Standards and that Dr. Whitaker concurs with the plagiarism findings and that Dr. Whitaker must follow prescribed remedial actions as presented in the letter.</p><p>6) The ASU Provost subsequently acts upon the research findings and Dr. Whitaker's admission of plagiarism by making the personnel changes in his position and compensation.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>-30-</strong> </p></div>7/13/2015 11:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato6052-495-5405