Tempe police arrest 4 after protests erupt outside City Council meeting

Feb 28, 2019, 10:41 PM | Updated: Mar 1, 2019, 10:15 am
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PHOENIX — Tempe police said they arrested four people Thursday night after protests over an officer-involved shooting that killed a 14-year-old boy in January erupted outside of a City Council meeting.

“There were four people that were arrested, and their charges were: Two were arrested for disorderly conduct, one was arrested for aggravated assault on a police officer and the last one was arrested for obstructing a public thoroughfare,” Sgt. Ron Elcock told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Elcock said there was a crowd of 40-50 people protesting, and the four arrested were taken to Tempe City Jail to be booked.

Protests began outside Tempe City Council before the 6 p.m. meeting.

Protesters disrupted the meeting several times, chanting and holding signs, eventually causing Mayor Mark Mitchell to call for a recess.

The meeting resumed after about 20 minutes, but most of the protesters remained outside.

No further information about the arrests was immediately available.

The protests called for the Council to take action on the officer-involved shooting.

Officer Joseph Jaen was responding to a burglary call on Jan. 15 when he reportedly saw the boy inside of a car holding a gun.

Body cam footage shows the boy running away when Jaen shot at him.

Officers later discovered that the boy had been holding a 1911 replica airsoft gun.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Taylor Kinnerup contributed to this report. 

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Tempe police arrest 4 after protests erupt outside City Council meeting