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ACLU asks public to review police tapes

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TUCSON - Just days ago, the Phoenix police department released hundreds of videos of the protest that took place in August while President Trump was speaking in Phoenix.

The American Civil Liberties Union claimed police used excessive force.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit to get those video tapes released. Now they are asking the public to help review the tapes.

So far they found one officer calling a pepper ball gun a toy.

The following comments were made:

Officer 1: "Do you think they're gonna deploy gas at some point?"

Officer 2:  "It looks that way. The way he was coming out I thought he was gonna use that pepper ball gun and I was like, "I wanna play too."

According to the ACLU that conversation took place 40 minutes prior to the use of non-lethal force.  Billy Peard works in the Tucson office and is the staff attorney.  He said, "It leads to the question was action a foregone conclusion.  My understanding is police typically use that as a last resort. "

ACLU added Phoenix police mishandled what they say was a peaceful protest.

Neil Bernstein is a veteran with an organization called Creative Department of Defense.  He was there with a specific message to reunite America  he said he shook hands, with police, Secret Service, and the FBI.  He said he didn't see any use of excessive force.

It wasn't until people started throwing water bottles at police officers that caused police to react. "There was tear gas expelled upon people, civilians women and children  who were not a part of the throwing of water bottles."

He agreed with the public viewing the police tapes.

"This is America and here we have laws that allow for this investigation.  It needs to occur, I would like to see everyone get along."

For more information click here: www.acluaz.org/PhoenixTrumpProtest

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