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City residents march against spate of police brutality incidents

Recently, a jury decided in a case that a police officer was not guilty of any crime in the shooting death of a man during a traffic stop. The residents of the area were outraged over this incident of alleged police brutality. Citizens in many states, including Arizona, have expressed trepidation over summoning police in many situations for fear that officers will not respond according to expectations and written guidelines.

A recent march was organized near the same city where an officer was acquitted in the shooting of the man. This metropolitan area just witnessed another incident of possible brutality when an officer shot and killed a woman who had requested police presence over fears of an alleged sexual assault near her residence. The woman, who is an Australian native, was approaching the police cruiser as they arrived on site when the officer seated in the passenger side opened fire and shot the woman in the midsection. She died of her injuries.

Family members from these two most recent victims joined together to march against the growing violence and unrest between law enforcement and citizens. While many of the victims of these violent confrontations are African-American, the recent victim was Caucasian. This has prompted several community activists to unite their groups in an effort to draw more attention to the fact that these deadly encounters are not restricted to one race, social class or geographical area.

The mayor attended the march but did not make any public statements. At an earlier press conference, the former police chief claimed that the shooting was not justified. Residents are calling for the officer involved to be held criminally responsible for the death of the woman. Arizona residents who believe that they have been victims of police brutality are entitled to protect their rights, and the guidance of an experienced attorney may prove to be a valuable resource.

Source: Huffington Post, "A City Torn Apart By Police Brutality Marches For Healing And Justice", Hayley Miller, July 20, 2017

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