Phoenix City Council approves plan to spend up to $750,000 on guns

Dec 6, 2018, 4:35 AM | Updated: 9:37 pm




PHOENIX — The Phoenix City Council voted unanimously to spend up to $750,000 on Glock guns and replacement parts for its police department during a sometimes raucous meeting Wednesday.

The vote came after a parade of public commenters, most of whom spoke against the plan.

“This is to outfit our new employees with equipment that they need to do the job that they do as well as to repair any of the other weapons systems that we have,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said during discussions before the vote.

According to the agenda, the plan also included the opportunity to trade in used firearms for $225 each, which could potentially save the city up to $139,500.

During the public comment session, former state Senate candidate Brianna Westbrook pointed to the high number of shootings by police officers in Phoenix this year.

“We need to do better, and it doesn’t start by arming more police officers with more firearms,” Westbrook said.

Several commenters voiced their displeasure with Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who left the chambers while some were speaking. He returned to address the attacks on him and what he saw as attacks on the police force.

“I am very direct to you about it,” he said. “I support our police officers. I think that we need to protect them.”

Several commenters brought up the need for better training.

“We want a freeze on police spending. Use that money instead of buying weapons to buy a reprogramming session for every single police officer on your force,” a woman said.

“They don’t need another dime right now until they readjust the way they do community policing,” said a man who identified himself as a homeowner in Phoenix’s Willo neighborhood.

After one woman spoke in favor of the funding, Mayor Thelda Williams ended the public comment period.

She said the 12 people who turned in cards to speak and hadn’t, all of whom were opposed to the plan, would be entered into the public record.

After the vote was taken, a group of protesters started chanting “let us speak,” leading Williams to call a recess.

Following the recess, more chants broke out before protesters cleared the room and the meeting continued.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

office building with trees...

SuElen Rivera

2 Phoenix Biltmore-area office buildings sell for $72.1 million

Two large office buildings that sit along the heart of the Camelback Corridor in Phoenix recently sold for $72.1 million. 

18 minutes ago

Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, former New Jers...

Associated Press

3rd Republican presidential debate is set for Nov. 8 in Miami, with the strictest qualifications yet

The third Republican presidential debate will be held in Miami on Nov. 8, a day after several states hold off-year elections.

1 hour ago

During the equinox, the Earth’s axis and its orbit line up so that both hemispheres get an equal ...

Associated Press

The fall equinox is here. What does that mean?

The equinox arrives on Saturday, marking the start of the fall season for the Northern Hemisphere. But what does that actually mean?

2 hours ago

Tempe police officer Candance Kanavel is competing in the Miss USA pagaent. (City of Tempe)...

Danny Shapiro

Tempe police officer to compete in Miss USA Pageant as Miss Arizona

A Tempe police officer will trade in her badge for a crown next week when she competes in the Miss USA Pageant as Miss Arizona.

4 hours ago

A Border Patrol officer sits inside his car as he guards the US/Mexico border fence, in Nogales, Ar...

Serena O'Sullivan

Gov. Hobbs to grant $10 million to Nogales Police Department for border security

Gov. Katie Hobbs announced Friday a $10 million grant to the Nogales Police Department that will help protect the U.S.-Mexico border.

5 hours ago

Chandler residents can apply to 4 new assistance programs...

Serena O'Sullivan

New programs help Chandler residents with neighborhood improvements

Chandler residents could soon say goodbye to cracked sidewalks, cat colonies and loneliness thanks to four city assistance programs.

6 hours ago

Sponsored Articles



Importance of AC maintenance after Arizona’s excruciating heat wave

An air conditioning unit in Phoenix is vital to living a comfortable life inside, away from triple-digit heat.

Sanderson Ford...

Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford congratulates D-backs’ on drive to great first half of 2023

The Arizona Diamondbacks just completed a red-hot first half of the major league season, and Sanderson Ford wants to send its congratulations to the ballclub.



Thank you to Al McCoy for 51 years as voice of the Phoenix Suns

Sanderson Ford wants to share its thanks to Al McCoy for the impact he made in the Valley for more than a half-decade.

Phoenix City Council approves plan to spend up to $750,000 on guns