Kingman Police Department Chief endorses letter from AACOP

Published by The Bee News

January 28, 2023

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Kingman Chief of Police Rusty Cooper stated through department social media channels “As a member of the AZ Association of Chiefs of Police I stand in agreement with their open letter statement.

As police officers we are held to a higher standard of trust, professionalism and service to our community. Honor, Integrity and Courage are the core values of all members of the Kingman Police Department and I am proud to serve along side the men and women who have chosen to serve our community.”

The letter stated the following:

The Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) are deeply saddened and concerned by the death of Mr. Tyre Nichols due to the actions of police officers with the Memphis (TN) Police Department.

The reported actions of these police officers are unacceptable, unlawful, and they do not represent the values of law enforcement professionals. Their actions are a betrayal of the standards, ethics, and expectations of all law enforcement and more importantly, the community. Their actions erode the trust between the community and law enforcement.

Immediate Past President

Michael Soelberg

Gilbert Police Department

First Vice President

Kenneth Cost

Mesa Police Department

AACOP and its member agencies work tirelessly for the betterment of law enforcement in Arizona. We work with our communities to improve law enforcement hiring, training, and accountability.

We stand with our community in demanding law enforcement maintain

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