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Brisbon Shooting Response

Continues To Roil In Phoenix

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After Nearly A Week Of Marches And Protests, Local Residents Took A Night Off Wednesday, But All Indications Point Toward A Long, Drawn-Out Campaign To Change The Way Communities Are Kept Safe


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 11, 2014 — There was a respite on the streets of Phoenix and in front of police headquarters Wednesday night, but those looking to change law enforcement protocol and policy have a slew of events planned over the next week.

Two competing rallies are planned for Friday and Saturday in front of Phoenix police headquarters, 601 W. Washington St., Phoenix. On Friday, marchers will gather at at Cesar Chavez Park, 201 W. Washington St., at 5:30 p.m. with a march scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Another group is scheduled to present a petition that has garnered more than 800 signatures to Phoenix police beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Supporters of police are also expected to attend and provide counter opinions.

Also on Friday, a fundraiser will be held at Fade Tite Barber Shop, 1930 E. Broadway Rd., Phoenix, to raise funds to help pay for Brisbon’s funeral.

Saturday, a pro-police group is scheduled to present a display of support for police tactics beginning at 10:30 a.m. in front of police headquarters, 601 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Counter protesters are planning to blunt that support.

Sunday, some of those seeking change will hold a community conversation at 10:30 a.m. at Starbucks, 1820 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix. Topics will likely include, according to organizers, “petitions to bring back civilian review boards, setting up guidelines for use of force by officers, increasing minority representation on the police force and possibly an upcoming protest of how the mainstream media characterizes victims of police violence.”

Earlier this week, Phoenix police released the name of the officer who shot Rumain Brisbon, which had been kept secret for nearly two weeks. Mark Rine is a seven-year veteran of the Phoenix police department and he has been put on desk duty pending the investigation.

Additionally, longtime Phoenix-metro activist Leonard Clark submitted paperwork earlier this week to the Phoenix city clerk’s office that would compel the city to seek a special grand jury when police perpetrate violence against residents as well as mandate body cameras for all police officers.
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