Week of January 3
City staff attends training for new e-discovery system to process documents for DOJ production.
City staff meets with DOJ to discuss next steps in the investigation.
Staff continues evaluation of software systems for document sharing and demonstrations of systems with DOJ.
Week of January 10
City Staff continue to train on City’s new e-discovery system to process documents for DOJ production.
City staff have four meetings with DOJ to demonstrate several City systems, and a meeting to discuss an agreement for access to City systems.
PPD Liaison Team to DOJ gives presentation to a north central business group.
Week of January 17
Staff meets with contracted outside counsel team.
Staff continues to discuss permissions access and the sharing of data systems with the DOJ.
PPD Liaison Team gives virtual presentation to City Council District 3’s Community Meeting.
Week of January 31
DOJ participates in virtual tour of the Phoenix Police Department, focusing on policy development and training, including interviews and observation of recruit training classes.
Members of the PPD Liaison Team briefed Academy recruit class regarding DOJ classroom observation.
City staff and DOJ investigators debrief and plan for further virtual interviews and classroom observation.
Week of February 7
City staff presented information about the DOJ investigation at a Phoenix Community Alliance committee meeting.
DOJ Investigators observe the Interactive Survival Training block of instruction for Academy Class #552
Week of February 14
DOJ continues virtual tour with further interviews and observation of recruit training class.
City receives second request for documents and information from DOJ including 133 items related to data systems, use of force/response to resistance, misconduct/discipline, homelessness and the Ballard Spahr investigations into the challenge coin and October 17 protest charges.
Week of February 21
City Staff continue interviews with PPD and DOJ Investigators
City staff meet with DOJ Investigators to discuss data and systems sharing.
DOJ Investigators continue to virtually observe the PPD Recruit Academy class trainings.
Week of February 28
City Staff and DOJ continue to discuss production of documents and sharing access to City data systems.
DOJ Investigators virtually observe a recruit class on traffic stops
Week of March 7
City staff prepare material to fulfill DOJ document request.
City staff meet with DOJ to discuss first on-site visit.
Week of March 14
City staff attends Phoenix Police Asian American Advisory Board meeting to present information about DOJ investigation.
(see Community Briefings PowerPoint Presentation under Resources on main DOJ page)
City staff continues to coordinate two proposed upcoming in person site visits by DOJ investigators and respond to document production requests.
Week of March 21
City staff continues to coordinate two upcoming in person site visits by DOJ investigators.
City staff responds to DOJ’s document production requests.
Week of March 28
DOJ team visits a number of police precincts over a two-day period and conducts ride-a-longs in each of those precincts, as well as demonstrations and review of police technology and systems.
City staff continues to respond to DOJ’s request for documents and databases.
City staff attend two-day conference regarding consent decrees.
Week of April 4
City staff discuss DOJ investigative findings in other jurisdictions.
City staff continues to make arrangements for the second in-person site visit by DOJ investigators and respond to systems and document requests.
Week of April 11
DOJ conducts virtual interview and receives a virtual homelessness program presentation from city staff
City staff meet with DOJ investigators to plan for in-person visit and discuss sharing access to City data systems
City posts recruitment for an Assistant Chief candidate with DOJ knowledge and experience
Week of April 18
DOJ conducts virtual interviews with employees from Law and Police Departments.
City staff have a meeting with DOJ to discuss confidentiality and user agreements for access to City systems.
Week of April 25
DOJ investigator team conducts second site visit. The team reviewed city services and response to people experiencing homelessness, First Amendment and protest practices, toured the Police Academy and observed classes, and conducted ride-a-longs with various squads and city departments.
Week of May 2
DOJ Investigators observe off-duty safety instruction for recruit class.
City staff and DOJ exchange emails to begin planning for the third in-person site visit and additional virtual interviews.
City staff respond to additional document requests from the site visits, and meet to debrief and plan.
Week of May 9
DOJ and city staff conduct several meetings to discuss further interviews for investigation and document production.
DOJ virtually observes recruit class instruction on crowd control formation and tactics.
City staff continue to debrief last visit, plan for the next DOJ in-person visit and review further documents for production.
Week of May 16
City staff present to DOJ on the Quality Assurance program at Phoenix.
DOJ cancels in person visit scheduled for the following week due to illness.
Week of May 23
City receives a new request from the DOJ. This third document request specifically relates to the City response to First Amendment protected activities as well as interaction with underaged residents.
City receives a follow up on the first and second production requests to clarify and make further requests for document production and information.
Week of May 30
Week of June 6
City staff continue to work on DOJ’s Third Request for document production.
City staff and DOJ discuss next in-person visit schedule and request for production regarding document formatting and email searches.
Week of June 27
DOJ investigator team conducts third site visit. The team toured two precincts and conducted ride-a-longs and interviews of Neighborhood Enforcement Teams and Community Action Officers.
The City prepared and produced a general information update for City Council on the status of the DOJ investigation to date, which was published July 1. Read update here.
City staff received City Council approval for document review contracts to assist the city in producing documents for the investigation.
City staff continue to work on document and systems production and preparing for the next on-site visit.
Week of July 4
City staff meet with DOJ investigators to discuss July site visit, feedback from prior visit and production of documents.
City staff attended the Chief’s LGBTQ Advisory Board meeting to provide community members with an update on the status of the investigation.
Week of July 11
DOJ conducts virtual interview and met with City staff to discuss document production.
The PPD Liaison Team attended the Faith Based Advisory Board meeting.
Week of July 18
DOJ in person visit conducting interviews with Police personnel regarding Community Resources and Tactical Response Units.
Week of July 25
City staff meets with DOJ investigators regarding document production.
City staff meet with technology consultant for evaluation of new RMS system.
Week of August 1
City staff meets virtually with DOJ investigators to discuss requirements for the third request for documents and information.
City staff presented supplemental materials to DOJ investigators related to performance measures.
Week of August 8
Staff completed production for DOJ’s second request for documents and information and met virtually with DOJ to discuss the third request for documents.
DOJ interviewed staff regarding City programs and approach to behavioral health disabilities.
Week of August 15
City staff continues working on production of requested files and information to fulfill DOJ’s third request for documents.
City staff prepares for DOJ visit the week of August 23rd.
Week of August 22
DOJ completes 5th site visit including ride-a-longs and interviews related to the focus areas of people with disabilities and individuals experiencing homelessness.
DOJ attends community meeting at the Maryvale-Estrella Mountain Precinct.
Week of August 29
Staff met online with DOJ to discuss technical and systems matters.
Staff continued to compile information for presentations to DOJ in September.
Week of September 5
City staff met virtually with the DOJ to discuss the status of the investigation.
City staff continue to work on virtual presentations to give to DOJ in September regarding City’s Professional Standards Bureau, Compliance and Oversight Bureau, Discipline Review Board, Tactical Support Bureau, Training Review Committee, Driving Analysis Committee, Critical Incident Review Board and City Auditor.
Week of September 12
City staff gives overview to the DOJ team of the Professional Standards Bureau, Disciplinary Review Board processes and the Compliance and Oversight Bureau’s roles and function.
City staff receives the DOJ’s fourth request for documents with a focus on Behavioral Health Response and Crisis System.
City staff, including Chief Williams, meets with Interim Chief Sullivan to provide background and status of DOJ investigation.
Week of September 19
Members of the Training Review Committee, Driving Analysis Committee and the Critical Incident Review Board presented to DOJ investigators their role and function.
City Auditor staff provided a presentation to DOJ staff of the auditor functions
City Staff met to review and outline the fourth DOJ request for documentation
City staff presented the results of the Crisis Intervention Review Committee pilot to Executive Staff and received feedback regarding improvements.
City staff presented information on a pilot for a Force Analysis Unit for enhanced review of police responses to resistance to start this Fall.
Week of September 26
City staff meets virtually with DOJ investigators to review items from the third request for documents and information.
DOJ requests documents in reference to several presentations from city staff over the past month; these documents will assist DOJ with planning the October site visit.
DOJ and city staff meets virtually to discuss technical and systems issues.
City staff discusses consultant and training options for Relativity e-discovery software for the production of documents to DOJ.
Week of October 3
City staff meets with DOJ investigators to review documents and information they requested.
City staff continues to work on producing documents in response to DOJ investigators request to prepare for October visit.
Week of October 10
City staff met with DOJ for an interview discussing the police staffing and rebid process.
Recruitment for DOJ IT Program Manager opened.
City staff met virtually with several individuals who worked with Baltimore PD on their DOJ investigation and the Baltimore consent decree
Week of October 17
City Staff visit City of Baltimore and the Baltimore Police Department to learn about their history, their consent decree and identify emerging best practices.
Week of October 24
DOJ completes 6th site visit including precinct staff interviews and patrol ride-a-longs at the Black Mountain and Maryvale-Estrella Mountain Precincts.
The DOJ team attended and observed a Supervisor Leadership training, Use of force advanced officer training, and a recruit class on high risk stops and ballistic shields at the Phoenix Police Academy.
DOJ also interviewed staff and toured the Compliance and Oversight Bureau at Historic City Hall, toured and interviewed Special Investigations Detail at the Family Advocacy Center, and shadowed a school resource officer at Desert Sands Middle School.
Week of November 7
Staff continues gathering records for DOJ Request for Production #4.
Staff continues processing information from interviews and DOJ follow-up requests.
Staff reviews options for document production technology training providers.
Week of November 21
Staff continues to work on gathering records for DOJ Requests for Production and exploring technology solutions.
Week of November 28
Staff continues working on Requests for Production Items.
Staff met online with DOJ to discuss follow-up on interviews from the October site visit and documents they have requested from their visit
Week of December 5
Staff meet virtually with DOJ to discuss technical issues with RMS system queries.
DOJ Investigators virtually observe
the Training Bureau’s Tactical Response Unit—Field Force certification training. DOJ observed the following blocks of instruction: TRU Legal
Considerations (PPD Legal Unit staff), Mass Arrest Protocol (Violent Crimes Bureau—Assaults Unit staff), and Crowd Control Techniques (Tactical Training Detail staff).
Week of December 12
City staff prepare documents and answers for review for DOJ document requests with DOJ next week.