PHOENIX — Chief Jeri Williams and her second-in-command nonetheless have a “terrific relationship” within the wake of a serious ABC15 investigation, in keeping with a press release despatched by the division.
“Chief Williams bought lunch for Chief Kurtenbach yesterday,” spokesperson wrote in an e mail. “They have a terrific working relationship and have for many years. To imply otherwise is a complete mischaracterization.”
Sources informed ABC15 that Williams and Kurtenbach weren’t speaking after ABC15 aired secret recordings of him speaking to colleagues within the wake of a serious division scandal final year.
The recordings seize Kurtenbach telling different assistant chiefs that Williams misled the general public and metropolis council when she claimed she didn’t have data of a controversial case through which protesters had been falsely charged as gang members.
“The boss herself knew about this for months,” he stated. “We didn’t hide it.”
In the wake of the scandal, Williams demoted three assistant chiefs, who at the moment are suing for town for defamation and a violation of their employment rights. Williams informed town council on the conclusion of an out of doors investigation that the trio failed to tell her of the case.
In a collection of studies titled “Politically Charged,” ABC15 irrefutably proved that Phoenix officers colluded with county prosecutors to invent a gang after which cost protesters as members. The proof was fabricated, and officers lied to a confidential grand jury to acquire the costs.
In addition to responding to issues concerning the working relationship between Williams and Kurtenbach, a spokesperson stated the chief had not watched ABC15’s current studies.
“While Chief Williams and Chief Kurtenbach are aware of some of your recent reports, they have not watched them,” the spokesperson stated.
City Manager Jeff Barton refused to remark on the recording scandal earlier than a metropolis council meeting earlier this week.
Contact ABC15 Chief Investigator Dave Biscobing at [email protected]