David Cavazos, Phoenix City Manager, Says Endangered Career Criminal Squad Will Remain (w/Update)
The men of the Phoenix Police Department's Career Criminal Squad will be able to continue their work, investigating violent, street-level hate crimes according to City Manager David Cavazos.
UPDATE: Though I don't have the letter from Assistant Chief Yahner mentioned above, the Phoenix City Manager's office has sent me a memo dated yesterday from Assistant City Manager Ed Zuercher to Phoenix PD Public Safety Manager Jack Harris.
The document, which you can read here, asks that Harris undo the redeployment of the Career Criminal Squad, and indicates that the men who have left the unit will be offered the chance to return, if they want.
It's significant that the City Manager's office put the request in writing, because of the disconnect between Yahner and City Manager Cavazos detailed in this blog post.
The last sentence, "Thank you for your cooperation with this request," indicates that it is more of an order than a request, and that too is a good thing, if we are to retain any measure of civilian control over the City of Phoenix Police Department.
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