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Police officer reportedly threatened to ‘shoot’ mayor if she defunded the police division


Based on the Tempe police report, officers interviewed remembered Poulos’ alleged assertion otherwise. One officer stated he recalled Poulos stating that if the police division had been defunded, “the primary individual on my checklist is the mayor.” One other officer remembered it as way more specific: “In the event that they defund the police, I’ll go over the mayor’s home and shoot it up.”

In talking to the detective from the Tempe Police Division, three officers stated they believed it was venting, not a risk Poulos would truly act on. Nonetheless, in keeping with Jennifer Liewer, a spokesperson for the Maricopa County Legal professional’s Workplace, prosecutors are reviewing the case for any attainable expenses. Based on the police report, the Tempe detective submitted the case for assessment of expenses of creating a terrorist risk and threatening or intimidating somebody. 

Based on the Republic, a spokesperson for the Phoenix police stated in an electronic mail to the outlet that Poulos is on administrative go away. The identical outlet stories that Poulos declined to provide a press release to the Tempe detective. Early reporting from native outlet KTAR stated the officer was initially assigned to duties at residence, and that the mayor obtained extra police safety. 

Democratic Rep. Norma Torres tweeted concerning the alleged incident.

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