Category: Cronkite News

Phoenix officials promise ‘thorough’ review of police response after Trump rally

Kianna Gardner and Maddy Ryan Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 Phoenix officials promise ‘thorough’ review of police response after Trump rally PHOENIX – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Wednesday the city’s police department will conduct a “thorough and transparent” review of the police response after President Donald Trump’s downtown rally Tuesday night. Trump’s remarks at the rally touched on a wide range of issues including racial tensions, media bias and immigration. He also hinted at a potential pardon for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, which continued to draw sharp criticism on Wednesday. Law enforcement had used tear gas and other crowd-disbursement tactics after police said protesters threw tear gas, bottles and rocks at officers, according to a statement from Stanton. He said Chief Jeri Williams told him what spurred the clash. “To avoid a potentially dangerous physical confrontation with these disruptors, police used pepper spray – which had the unfortunate consequence of affecting some of those nearby who were peaceful,” according to Stanton’s statement. He also said he was “incredibly proud” of those who protested peacefully. On social media Wednesday, some members of the public expressed concerns that these innocent bystanders had become victims of police brutality . The American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday called for an investigation into reports of excessive police force. They took to Twitter to “urge witnesses to submit testimony” for the investigation. “We have...

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Millions consumed potentially unsafe water in the past 10 years

Agnel Philip, Elizabeth Sims, Jordan Houston and Rachel Konieczny Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 Millions consumed potentially unsafe water in the past 10 years WOLFFORTH, Texas – As many as 63 million people – nearly a fifth of the country – from rural central California to the boroughs of New York City, were exposed to potentially unsafe water more than once during the past decade, according to a News21 investigation of 680,000 water quality and monitoring violations from the Environmental Protection Agency. News21 This report is part of the “Troubled Water” project produced by the Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative, a national investigative reporting project. For the complete “Troubled Water” project, visit troubledwater.news21.com. The findings highlight how six decades of industrial dumping, farming pollution, and water plant and distribution pipe deterioration have taken a toll on local water systems. Those found to have problems cleaning their water typically took more than two years to fix these issues, with some only recently resolving decades-old violations of EPA standards and others still delivering tainted water, according to data from the agency’s Safe Drinking Water Information System . Many local water treatment plants, especially those in small, poor and minority communities, can’t afford the equipment necessary to filter out contaminants. Those can include arsenic found naturally in rock, chemicals from factories and nitrates and fecal matter from farming. In addition, much of the country’s aging...

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Trump hints of future pardon for Arpaio, scolds Arizona senators McCain, Flake

Tanner Stechnij Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 Trump hints of future pardon for Arpaio, scolds Arizona senators McCain, Flake PHOENIX – President Donald Trump returned to Phoenix on Tuesday, greeted by warm temperatures and warmth from supporters crowded into the downtown Phoenix Convention Center and flinging heat about illegal immigration, the media and Arizona leaders. He threaded references to Arizona elected officials throughout the speech, calling out support for his ally, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and scolding his Republican foes, Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake. Trump stopped short of pardoning Arpaio on a criminal contempt of court conviction but hinted one could still come. Teen libertarian Peter Tavany waits in line for the rally by himself. “I would assume this crowd would be a lot more violent,” he says. (Photo by Ashley Ballard/Cronkite News) “I’ll make a prediction – I think he’s going to be just fine, OK,” Trump said about Arpaio. “But I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy.” Arpaio was simply doing his job in fighting illegal immigration, the president said. The former sheriff is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5 for flouting a judge’s orders to stop targeting Latinos in traffic stops. Immigration activists and Democratic leaders had criticized a possible pardon. Trump turned his attention to the failed replacement of the Affordable Care Act, known as...

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Day of peaceful protests ends with tear gas as faction confronts police

Jasmine Spearing-Bowen, Shawna Truong, Shayla Hyde and Andrea Jaramillo Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 Day of peaceful protests ends with tear gas as faction confronts police PHOENIX – Police deployed tear gas, concussion grenades and pepper balls to disperse the crowd near the Phoenix Convention Center as tensions rose following a campaign-style rally Tuesday night by President Donald Trump and counter protests. The crowd of several hundred protesters had been peaceful during the day and as the rally progressed inside the convention center. But once it ended, some protesters wearing face masks began to throw rocks at Phoenix police, who were in riot gear. The police fired several canisters and concussion grenades. The majority of protesters dispersed quickly, but a crowd remained for more than an hour. Attendee Mike Tucker smiles after offering to have a civil conversation with a protestor. He says that “Trumplicans” have been poorly represented by the media. (Photo by Ashley Ballard/Cronkite News) At about 9 p.m., police moved in a line to push the remaining protesters away from the convention center. The conflict was a tense end to a long, hot day with Trump supporters lining up outside the convention center early in the morning, draped in American flags, wearing “Make America great again” hats and sporting Trump T-shirts. Supporters waited cheerfully in line, occasionally shouting “USA! USA!” or “Build the wall.” The rally took...

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