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The Latest: Council takes no action to fire Phoenix officers

July 3, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a request to fire Phoenix officers involved in a videotaped encounter (all times local):

12:10 p.m.

The Phoenix City Council has taken no action on a formal request to fire Phoenix officers involved in a videotaped encounter that showed them pointing guns and hurling obscenities at a black couple.

The request was made before Wednesday’s meeting by a representative of the couple, who also previously asked for the officers’ termination and filed a $10 million claim against the city.

City officials noted that under Phoenix’s charter, the council cannot fire administrative employees.

The city legal staff said state laws and a memorandum of understanding with the police union prevent termination of officers without due process.

The council moved at a previous meeting Tuesday to ease distrust of the police amid the outcry in what is the nation’s fifth largest city.

11 a.m.

A representative of the black couple who police aimed guns and hurled obscenities at during a videotaped encounter has asked the Phoenix City Council to fire the officers involved.

The couple also previously asked for the officers’ termination and filed a $10 million claim against the city. Their representative’s claim formalizing the request is included in materials for Wednesday’s council meeting.

City officials note in the materials that under the law they cannot fire the officers without due process.

The council moved at a previous meeting Tuesday to ease distrust of the police amid the outcry in what is the nation’s fifth largest city.

The council agreed to look into software that can identify officers with problems and voted to consider a survey of community attitudes toward the police department.

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