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4 people protesting fatal police shooting of teen arrested at Tempe City Council meeting

Police accused one person of aggravated assault on a police officer, two people of disorderly conduct and one person of obstructing a roadway Thursday night.
Credit: Tempe Police Department
Benjamin Cooper, Jessica Behrens, Britney Austin and Darien Barrett.

TEMPE, Ariz. — Tempe police arrested four people who were protesting at a Tempe City Council meeting over a January officer-involved shooting that killed a 14-year-old boy who was holding an airsoft gun

Police accused Benjamin Cooper of aggravated assault on a police officer, Jessica Behrens and Britney Austin of disorderly conduct and Darien Barrett of obstructing a roadway and disorderly conduct Thursday night.

Police said there are no injuries to officers as a result of the arrests.

The protesters from the Puente Movement and Poder in Action had gathered in the council chambers to demand that Officer Joseph Jaen, who was the officer involved in the shooting, and Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir be fired after the shooting.

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Tempe Mayor Mitchell issued two warnings to the protesters over the course of the meeting, saying that disruptive behavior would result in removal from the city council chambers.

Eventually, the meeting was temporarily suspended as security escorted everyone out.

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