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Police investigate Phoenix officer’s threat to Mayor Kate Gallego

Jen Fifield Arizona Republic

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A Phoenix Police Department officer made a credible threat to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego’s safety, according to Jeanine L’Ecuyer, the mayor’s communications director.

In response, the Phoenix Police Department released a statement Tuesday that did not directly confirm that an officer made a threat but confirmed that an investigation was taking place in regard to “claims of misconduct” by an officer.

“The Phoenix Police Department takes claims of misconduct by its officers seriously,” the statement said.

The officer involved has been assigned to home during the investigation, according to the statement.

The Tempe Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation, and the Phoenix Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is conducting an internal investigation, according to the statement.

A Tempe police spokesman confirmed the department would be investigating the “threatening comment” but did not provide any additional information. 

The mayor has been provided with additional police protection to escort her, L’Ecuyer said.

Gallego, who has been mayor since March 2019, is up for reelection in November.