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Phoenix to Pursue Funds from Whitaker Group; DiCiccio: “Taxpayers must be protected and deserve to get their money back”Phoenix to Pursue Funds from Whitaker Group; DiCiccio: “Taxpayers must be protected and deserve to get their money back”<div class="ExternalClassFF70A6F1BC6545DF8C74D635CB8B74E3"><p>​The city of Phoenix will formally seek the refund of monies paid to the Whitaker Group for cultural competency training for the Phoenix Police Department.<br><br>“Professor Whitaker needs to stop digging a credibility hole for himself, and just return the taxpayers’ money,” Councilman Sal DiCiccio said. “Phoenix taxpayers were ripped off and we need to send a message to anyone looking to take advantage of our citizens that this will not be tolerated.  I support and applaud the quick action of City Manager Ed Zuercher to seek a refund -- a positive step that puts the needs of taxpayers first. City taxpayers paid the Whitaker Group more than $21,000 for work that was largely copied from others. Taxpayers must be protected and deserve to get their money back.”<br><br><a href="/district6site/Documents/Refund%20Demand%20Letter.pdf">View the city of Phoenix refund demand letter</a>. ​​​</p></div>8/24/2015 6:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405