Phoenix at a glance
Population by race and Hispanic origin
Cities in this database with the most similarly-sized populations
Full-time law enforcement staff, Phoenix Police Department
- 2,795 Officers
- 977 Civilian staff
Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents
- 1.71 Phoenix
- 2.4 National average, cities with 250,000+ population
- 2.2 National average
These figures reflect the Phoenix Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.
We identified 3 publicly reported settlements that resulted in over $29,000,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.
The City of Phoenix settled a lawsuit by the family of Ryan Whitaker for $3 million. The lawsuit was based on a deadly police shooting.
Ryan Whitaker was shot and killed by Phoenix police officers in May 2020, when officers were called to the scene involving a domestic dispute. Whitaker was holding a gun in his hand when he opened the door. Officers perceived Whitaker to be an eminent danger and shot him, although he did not fire his gun and appeared to be kneeling and putting his hands up, as seen through body worn cameras.
Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper will receive an undisclosed amount of money as compensation for officers pointing guns at them after their four-year-old daughter was accused of shoplifting a doll in Phoenix, Arizona.
In their claim against the City of Phoenix, Ames and Harper made a $10 million demand. The viral incident resulting in this settlement led the Phoenix Police Department to fire an officer and implement a policy where a report must be filed each time a gun is pointed at someone.
|2008 - 2018||
Phoenix paid more than $26 million to settle 191 police misconduct claims between fiscal years 2008 and 2018, including $5.6 million paid between 2010 and 2014.
In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, the City of Phoenix spent $5.6 million on police misconduct cases. A separate analysis using data from the Phoenix Finance Department also reported that between fiscal years 2008 and 2018, the city paid more than $26 million to settle 191 claims of police misconduct.