Phoenix police chief: Officers’ controversial posts ‘minimize trust’

Jun 5, 2019, 9:08 AM | Updated: 11:57 am
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — The Phoenix police chief said Wednesday there is “no room for hate” in her organization after a database published nearly 300 controversial social media posts made by current and former Phoenix officers.

Chief Jeri Williams told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News that the department has rules that clearly explain to officers that they can be disciplined for conduct that results in the erosion of public trust in the organization.

“When that conduct extends to minimize trust, erode trust, public confidence, and really disrupts the operations of the organization, I have to do something about it,” she said.

She said the department looked at “the most egregious posts, those that were racially motivated, sexually motivated, some that had violence,” and reassigned some employees to nonenforcement positions while an investigation is underway.

“We had to take swift action because there’s no room for hate in the Phoenix Police Department, there’s no room for hate in the city of Phoenix,” she said.

Williams said the controversy over the Plain View Project, which consists of thousands of flagged social media posts made by police in eight U.S. cities, is making it difficult for the officers who work to build strong relationships with the community to do their jobs.

The posts from about 75 Phoenix officers include memes mocking minority groups, including Muslims, African Americans, immigrants and transgender people.

They also include statements some see as promoting violence, including “It’s a good day for a choke hold” and a meme showing a cartoon character shooting former President Barack Obama in the head.

Williams said any disciplinary action against the active officers included in the database will have to wait until the investigation is complete.

“I really just want to get to the truth first, and then we’ll talk about all of that later,” she said.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

(AP Photo/Jon Super) Follow @OatleyTasler...
Taylor Tasler

Glendale PD to work with Valley agencies for influx of human trafficking for Super Bowl

An estimated 5% of men have or will be buyers of sex workers. That number could go up with the Super Bowl coming to town next year.
5 hours ago
(City of Tempe Photo)...

Last repairs on US 60 water transmission line break to begin Oct. 2

The final repairs on the U.S. 60 water line will shut down a portion of the freeway for several weeks starting next month.
5 hours ago
(Photo by Matthew Williams-Ellis/Getty Images)...

New Goodyear short-term rental regulations to go into effect Jan. 1

The city of Goodyear has developed new regulations for short-term rental owners that will go into effect at the start of the new year. 
5 hours ago
Arizona lobbyist Gaelle Esposito is among those opposed to the state’s new ban on using materials...
Scianna Garcia | Cronkite News

Ban on sexually explicit materials in Arizona schools to go into effect

A new ban on books containing sexual content will make its way into Arizona public schools this week, leaving critics worried.
5 hours ago
(Attorney General Mark Brnovich's Office Photo)...

Man sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine in Arizona

A man was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for his role in trafficking methamphetamine in Arizona, officials said. 
1 day ago
(Phoenix Police Department Photo)...

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Sept. 23-25

Police find more fentanyl, Scottsdale tells HOAs they can't require overseeding and these Phoenix restaurants were highlighted this week.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
Phoenix police chief: Officers’ controversial posts ‘minimize trust’