• The Arizona Republic
The Phoenix Police Department's internal affairs unit is investigating an incident early Friday in which an officer threw City Councilman Michael Johnson to the ground and temporarily handcuffed him as the councilman tried to check on a disabled neighbor whose South Phoenix home was on fire.
Johnson, a former police officer and homicide detective, said in an interview Friday morning that he believed the police "abused their power" in the incident.
Later Friday, he also released a formal statement saying he planned "to sit down with our chief and discuss the treatment of residents by our police. I'm sure this doesn't happen all the time, but it happens enough. And it happens to people who can't say something or who don't know who they can turn to."
At a news conference Friday morning, Police Chief Jack Harris and City Manager David Cavazos said they take Johnson's allegations very seriously and will take appropriate action once the facts are known. Harris said that he asked pol
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