Maricopa County Attorney Candidates Meet For Debate
The two candidates for Maricopa County attorney are making their case to voters. Republican Allister Adel and Democrat Julie Gunnigle took part in a debate Friday.
About a quarter of the hour-long debate was focused on issues surrounding the death of Dion Johnson. The 28-year-old Black man was fatally shot by a DPS trooper in Phoenix in May. The shooting became the focus of protests against racial violence over the summer.
Incumbent county attorney, Adel last month declined to pursue criminal charges against the trooper. But in the debate she said her office is dedicated to improving transparency and said she treated the case fairly.
“I don’t care if you wear a uniform or not; you commit a crime, you will be held accountable," Adel said.
Her opponent, Gunnigle, did not say if she would have pursued charges against the trooper but said officer-involved cases need fully independent review.
“That’s not a process we can be proud of and that’s what needs to change," Gunnigle said.
Adel emphasized her experience in the role. Gunnigle promised to bring change to the office.
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