- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - The city of Phoenix rejected a citizen petition that hoped to create a civilian oversight board for the local police department.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/2f6VSA2 ) the initiative failed, 8-1, Tuesday, but the petition sparked more than an hour of public comment that stretched into the evening hours.

Both supporters of the Phoenix Police Department and the department’s critics aired their concerns to the Phoenix City Council, many speaking on the department’s tactics after the Aug. 22 Phoenix rally for President Donald Trump.

The citizen petition, filed by resident Leonard Clark, asked that city officials “accept our petition and place our request for Phoenix residents to create a Phoenix police civilian oversight/ review board on the agenda for the next Phoenix city council meeting and that it be voted on.”

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