Phoenix Police Chief On Maryvale Death: 'I'm Not Afraid Of Transparency'

Published: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 2:10pm
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Jeri Williams in KJZZ's studio in 2018.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams announced July 7 that she is calling on the FBI to investigate the July 4 shooting of James Garcia in Maryvale. In addition, she is speeding up the release of bodycam footage from the incident. 

Video taken by a bystander shows Phoenix police officers confronting Garcia in a parked car on a driveway. The situation turned heated and an officer shot into the vehicle, killing Garcia. The department has said Garcia had a gun and raised it toward officers.

The shooting has sparked protests here in Arizona, putting the Phoenix Police Department under scrutiny during a time of national unrest. 

The Show spoke to Williams about why she called for an FBI investigation.

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