PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Phoenix city leaders are currently working on a plan to create a civilian review board. It's an independent group that would investigate police misconduct.
Implementing a civilian review board is not a new topic. In fact, the city manager's office has already begun exploring the different models used in other big cities. It's now one of the city manager's priorities. Residents have told city leaders they want the civilian review board to have subpoena power, which would give them the authority to compel a witness or officer to testify before the board.
"The City of Phoenix Police Department is out of control right now," said Veronica Monge with the Arizona Poor people Campaign. "We're coming from a standpoint that we do not hate officers, we just dislike that no one is disciplining officers that are killing innocent people and not following protocol."
Most oversight agencies were created as a result of a "tipping point" incident. A city ordinance would have to be adopted that makes clear what the review agency will be and whether it will report to a city agency. The ordinance would also allow for the creating of an office and staff.
Currently, the police chief's Citizen Advisory Boards have regular meetings. They're designed to communicate public safety matters on behalf of the community within the police department. Two citizens on the police department's disciplinary review board - three citizens on the use of force board.
Activists lobbied city leaders to create a civilian review board a couple of years ago after Phoenix Police released tear gas on a crowd of protestors outside a Trump event. The city manager's office says right now, there's no time frame of when it will publicly address the issue again.