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City Manager Takes Action on Gang Charge & Challenge Coin Investigations https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2021City Manager8/24/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2021/_Newsroom_PoliceDrivingC.jpgCity Manager Takes Action on Gang Charge & Challenge Coin Investigations <div class="ExternalClass8E3A0C8460B64D1197A764CB7A573605"><html> <p><em>Originally published on August 12, 2021.</em>​​</p><p>City Manager Ed Zuercher released the results of two independent investigations involving the Phoenix Police Department and the steps underway to address the findings.<br><br>The investigations, conducted by Ballard Spahr LLP, provide an in-depth, extensive review on behalf of the City Manager's Office into two high-profile cases--criminal street gang charges filed against a group of protestors in downtown Phoenix and the challenge coin tied to 2017 protests.<br><br>Summaries of the two cases are included below. You can read the full investigation into the <a target="_blank" href="/citymanagersite/Documents/Gang-Related-Summary-Report-08-12-2021.pdf">gang-related charges (PDF)</a> and the <a target="_blank" href="/citymanagersite/Documents/Challenge-Coin-Summary-Report-08-12-2021.pdf">challenge coin (PDF)</a> along with <a target="_blank" href="/citymanagersite/Documents/Immediate-Action-Required-Response-08-11-2021.pdf">memos outlining action taken (PDF)</a> in response by City Manager Ed Zuercher and Police Chief Jeri Williams in the linked PDFs.​<br><br></p> <h2>Gang Charges<br></h2> <p>While the investigation makes it clear Chief Jeri Williams was not made aware of the decision to charge the protestors as a gang, other members of her executive staff were made aware. As a result, the Chief is making changes to her executive team, removing three assistant chiefs from their roles in her office and reassigning them as commanders. A police sergeant at the center of the report has been placed on administrative leave pending criminal and administrative investigations. The City Manager also disciplined the Chief with a one-day suspension in accordance with city policy. <br><br>The City Manager is also requesting the Arizona Attorney General's Office conduct a criminal and administrative investigation into other employees involved in this case. Disciplinary action will be determined based on the results of that investigation.<br><br>Chief Williams also outlined additional policies and procedures that will be put in place in response to the findings of this investigation, such as drafting new policies or strengthening those related to gang charging protocols, protection of First Amendment rights of protestors, oversight of the relationship between police and prosecutors, and elevating decision-making on important police and community issues to the Chief without the option to delegate that assignment. <br><br>This investigation focused on the October 17, 2020 arrest of 15 people who were later indicted by a Grand Jury for assisting with a criminal street gang. The Ballard Spahr investigation found the decision to charge the protestors as a gang was made collaboratively between some personnel at the Phoenix Police Department and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. It also found those involved “consciously avoided" including the Gang Enforcement Unit (GEU) in an attempt to “sideline those deemed likely to object to charging the protestors as members of a criminal street gang."<br> <br></p> <h2>Challenge Coin<br></h2> <p>The challenge coin case relates to memorabilia circulated among Phoenix Police officers depicting a man being shot in the groin with a pepper ball during an August 2017 protest of then-President Trump's visit to Phoenix.<br><br>The coin also had the phrase “Making America Great Again One Nut at A Time" which the investigation found officers knowingly associated with President Trump's political campaign. However, there is no evidence that any officers knew of the hate speech ties to the coin's second phrase, “Good Night Left Nut." <br><br>While the investigation could not determine the creator of the image since it appeared in multiple social media locations the day after the protest, and no city funds were used to purchase the coins, investigators did find that some challenge coins were exchanged or purchased while on city property and on city time. It also found supervisors gave the coin as gifts to subordinates.<br><br>In response to the challenge coin investigation, the City Manager has issued a written reprimand for Chief Williams for lapses in executive leadership. <br><br>Zuercher also instructed Williams to write new policies or strengthen existing policies related to hate speech, disparaging images or statements about residents, political speech while on duty, and the creation and distribution of commemorative items.<br><br>Legally, police officers cannot be disciplined based on the results of this outside investigation. Rather, the City Manager's Office and Human Resources Department are completing their own internal investigation of this incident which will lead to appropriate employee discipline. <br><br>The Chief has been directed to work on a plan of action related to both investigations and report back to the City Manager within 30 days.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerOfficers driving at nightCity Manager@phoenixpoliceDan Wilson, Director602-760-6660602-495-5901daniel.b.wilson@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/87/Dan_Wilson.jpgPHXCityManagerResults of two independent investigations, conducted by Ballard Spahr LLP, have been released.

 

 

COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impactshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561Emergency Management & Homeland Security1/18/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1561/Newsroom_Combined.jpgCOVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClass0C34F4F03F4E49F68E0087F730F83CBF"><html> <p>​<strong>We're in this together!</strong> Looking for help? Find information related to the COVID-19 pandemic on this page. Residents with questions about city services and programs are encouraged to call <strong>(602) 262-3111</strong> or e-mail <a target="_blank" href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov">contactus@phoenix.gov</a>​. ​​​​​​​​Phoenix small businesses needing help can call the Phoenix Community and Economic Development hotline at <strong>(602) 262-5040</strong>.</p> <h3>Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<br></h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399">Find upcoming testing dates and locations, either on-site or with Phoenix's Mobile Testing Van. Select sites now also offer Vaccinations! Learn more.</a> </p><h3>Vaccine Fact Sheet</h3><p>Download information about the currently approved vaccines.<br><a target="_blank" href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-English.pdf">Vaccine Fact Sheet - English (PDF)</a><br><a target="_blank" href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Spanish.pdf">Vaccine Fact Sheet - Spanish (PDF)</a><br><a target="_blank" href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Chinese.pdf">Vaccine Fact Sheet- Chinese (PDF)</a><br></p><h3>Masks Required in City Buildings Regardless of Vaccination Status</h3><p><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1917">On May 19, 2021 the Phoenix City Council updated the Face Coverings information to automatically adjust with CDC guidance. On July 27, 2021, the CDC updated that guidance to require masking indoors in communities with substantial or high virus transmission rates, regardless of vaccination status. Effective Monday, August 2, 2021​, masks are required in all city buildings. As previously decided by the Council, private businesses may set their own policies regarding face coverings applicable to their employees and customers. </a>(<strong>Note: </strong>The airport and public transit remain covered by the Federal mask mandate.) <br></p><h3>Downtown Phoenix Buildings Are “By Appointment Only”​<br></h3><p>​<a href="/newsroom/public-works/1084" target="_blank">Public access to the following downtown city of Phoenix buildings is currently by appointment only ​</a><br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>Phoenix City Hall – 200 W. Washington St.<br>Calvin C. Goode Building – 251 W. Washington St.<br>Phoenix Public Transit Building – 302 N. First Ave​</p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p> </p> <h3>City of Phoenix Impacted City Services Update</h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/resources">Additional resources for Phoenix businesses, the workforce, and residents relating to COVID-19. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan</h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/COVIDrelief">Information and updates on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more.</a> ​<br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Eventshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security1/18/2022 4:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<div class="ExternalClassF711AB5574A34EC2AEA92D25FCBBCEA7"><html> <div class="ExternalClassFA4EFB964BD142158CA446F5807F9C77"> <br> <h2>​COVID-19 Testing<br></h2><p>We're all in this together. <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash">#COVID19</a> testing with no out-of-pocket cost. The city of #PHX now has two #COVID19 mobile testing vans out in the community. See also list of <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561">COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts.</a> </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #1: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">Vincere Cancer Center</a><br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #2: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">Premier Lab Solutions</a><br></p><h2> Vaccinations<br></h2><p>Select events marked with <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> offer COVID-19 tests and vaccines! For other vaccine locations see <a href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations" target="_blank">Maricopa County Vaccine Finder</a> and <a href="https://www.vaccines.gov/search/" target="_blank">Vaccines.gov seach</a>.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</span></p> ​ ​ <h3>Tuesday, January 18, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Paradise Valley Park<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 17642 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, January 19, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Palo Verde Library<br> 4402 N. 51st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85031<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, January 20, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Falcon Park<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 3420 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85009<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, January 21, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cholla Library<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 10050 N. Metro Pkwy E., Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, January 22, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Western Star Park<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 4425 E. Western Star Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85044<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Shadow Mountain Senior Center<br> 3546 E. Sweetwater Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Monday, January 24, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Paradise Valley Park<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 17642 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Cortez Park<br> 3434 W. Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, January 25, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> El Reposo Park<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 502 E. Alta Vista Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85042<br>Noon - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, January 26, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Cesar Chavez Park<br> 7858 S. 35th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, January 27, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Washington Park<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 6655 N. 23rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, January 28, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Falcon Park<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 3420 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85009<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, January 29, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Paradise Valley Park<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 17642 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Yucca Library<br> 5648 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Monday, January 31, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Chicanos Por La Causa<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 6850 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Santa Maria Park<br> 3425 S. 71st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85043<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing Event</span></strong><br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p> ​ </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Phoenix is One of 15 Cities to Win Global Mayors Challengehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2202City Manager1/18/2022 7:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2202/Newsroom_Bloomberg2022.pngPhoenix is One of 15 Cities to Win Global Mayors Challenge<div class="ExternalClass246FE40995C441BE9ED25D455E3F1D07"><html>​Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the City of Phoenix is one of 15 cities awarded $1 million dollars in the 2021-2022 Global Mayors Challenge. The worldwide innovation competition supports and spreads the most promising ideas that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.<br><br>Phoenix' award-winning innovation is a data-directed Mobile Career Unit (MCU) that helps unemployed residents overcome barriers and obtain employment. The MCU connects hiring employers with jobseekers, right in their neighborhoods, filling job vacancies and providing access to employment services.<br><br>“Global talent shortages are at a 15-year high, with one in three employers citing difficulty filling jobs. So, in Phoenix, we got creative and focused on coming up with new ways for employers and job seekers to connect," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Pilots of the Mobile Career Unit have successfully demonstrated it provides employers with skilled talent and results in 'on the spot' hires. This innovative approach holds great promise for getting the people of Phoenix into good jobs, and I believe it will serve as a model for communities around the world."<br><br>Mayor Gallego added, “I am thrilled that our concept for Mobile Career Units is receiving this tremendous recognition, and am deeply grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for their commitment to finding great ideas and sharing them widely."<br><br>“As the world works to address the profound public health and economic effects of the ongoing pandemic, cities can implement innovative ideas at a pace that national governments simply can't match," said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg L.P. and 108th Mayor of New York City. “Our fifteen winners offer bold, achievable plans to improve health, reduce unemployment, empower women, and more. Collectively, they have the potential to improve millions of their residents' lives – and the most successful solutions will inspire cities around the world to embrace them." <br><br>In addition to the $1 million dollar award, Phoenix' Mobile Career Unit initiative will also receive technical support and coaching over three years. A targeted zip code focus is coupled with quantitative and qualitative data to determine areas in Phoenix that most need assistance. Offering trainings, interview opportunities (virtual and in-person), translation, career counseling, and supplemental supportive services, the goals of the MCU is to decrease unemployment, while boosting confidence. The MCU is the only service in Phoenix acts as this kind of mobile career “hotspot." <br><br>The 15 global winners are being recognized for designing the boldest and most ambitious urban innovations to emerge from the global COVID-19 pandemic. The winning ideas address one or more of four current issue areas in cities including economic recovery and inclusive growth; health and wellbeing; climate and environment; and gender and equality. <a href="https://bloombergcities.jhu.edu/mayors-challenge" target="_blank">Visit website</a> for more details on the 15 winning Global Mayors Challenge ideas.  <br><br>“The Mayors Challenge shows that there can be a positive legacy to emerge from all the hardship of the past two years – and that it's happening in our cities," said James Anderson, who leads the Government Innovation program at Bloomberg Philanthropies. "Now we turn to help these mayors implement their ideas, evaluate, and spread the ideas that produce big impact."<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNews

 

 

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