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Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams sits down with Mark Curtis for 1-on-1 discussion

Painful discussions of racial injustice and police brutality have sparked nationwide protests in a year already marred by the coronavirus pandemic.

PHOENIX — Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams sat down with 12 News Anchor Mark Curtis Wednesday afternoon for a one-on-one community conversation.

Painful discussions of racial injustice and police brutality have sparked nationwide protests in a year already marred by the coronavirus pandemic.

The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May sparked a furor across the country and the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last month has sparked a new round of protests.

Meanwhile, in Arizona, the fatal shooting of Dion Johnson by a DPS trooper and the deaths of James Garcia and Ryan Whitaker after incidents with William’s own officers have led to numerous demonstrations in the city.

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Williams has said before that she’s listening to the community and has pledged to make changes in her department.

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