TPD Chief's Resignation Rejected; Councilman Under Fire: Patch PM

Payton Potter

ARIZONA — It's Thursday, June 25. Here's what Patch has been covering in Arizona today.

Ducey Calls AZ Councilman 'Despicable' For Mocking George Floyd

A Scottsdale councilman was shamed on social media Thursday by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and others for saying "I can't breathe" during an anti-mask rally. Ducey said the stunt was "Just flat out wrong," and that "Despicable doesn’t go far enough."

Church Trump Rally Used Air System Not Tested On COVID-19: Report

The Phoenix church that played host to President Donald Trump's rally earlier this week has apologized after stating its air filtration system "killed 99.9% of COVID-19." The church now says it wasn't accurate.

Videos Show Phoenix Police Breaking Up Peaceful Anti-Trump Protest

Several protesters were fired upon with pepper balls, pepper spray and flash bang devices outside of Trump's campaign event in north Phoenix on Tuesday. Police allege two people committed aggravated assault on a police officer, but no arrests were made.

Maricopa County Charges Two Cops In Sex Assault, Shooting Cases

A Mesa police officer is accused of shooting an unarmed man who was resisting arrest in late 2019, and a Phoenix officer is accused of sexually assaulting two women, one of whom was in police custody in the back of a patrol car.

VP Mike Pence To Visit Tucson, Yuma On Tuesday

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to make two stops during his Tuesday visit to Arizona. While here, he will visit Yuma to meet with Gov. Doug Ducey and speak at a Faith in America in Tucson.

Bighorn Fire: 81,702 Acres Burned, 33% Contained On Thursday

High temperatures and low humidity continue tobolster wildfires in Arizona, including the Bighorn Fire burning near Tucson.

Sheriff Investigates Officer Involved Shooting In Tucson

One person was taken to a hospital in Tucson Thursday afternoon after an officer involved shooting with Pima County Sheriff's Deputies.

Tucson Mayor Rejects Police Chief's Offer To Resign

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero announced on Thursday she won't accept Tucson Police Department Chief Christopher Magnus' offer to resign after a 27-year-old man died while handcuffed and in police custody.

Romero said Magnus "has brought forward thinking changes to TPD policies, practices and trainings, and he has built strong relationships with our community since he joined the Department in 2016."

Top Trump Security Advisor Vows New Actions Against China In Phoenix Speech

Trump's national security advisor, Robert O'Brien, recently said while in Phoenix that he is taking steps aimed at combating what he called a growing threat to the U.S. and world at large.

This article originally appeared on the Across Arizona Patch