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City of Tempe promise police reform after officer cleared in teen’s death

Posted: 10:14 PM, Feb 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-14 00:14:56-05
Tempe Officer Jaen

TEMPE, AZ — The City of Tempe committed publicly to police reform during a city council meeting on Thursday night in the wake of 14-year-old Antonio Arce’ s death.

Activists addressed the city council more than one year after the deadly shooting that sparked local and national outrage.

The city and police department announcing that they are going to have ‘community conversations’ to discuss police reform and hear from residents who are frustrated.

The first is happening on March 3rd.

The mayor has also supported the creation of a civilian oversight board with subpoena and firing power.

Multiple city council members promised “change,” “transparency,” “a review of police policies and procedures.”

Donning signs with Antonio Arce’s face, roughly two dozen protesters waited to address the Tempe city council.

It was a stark contrast to the meeting one year ago, where tensions boiled over and activists took over the scheduled meeting with chants and calls for action.