Phoenix Police 'Challenge Coins' Depict Violent Act From 2017 Protest

By Vaughan Jones
Published: Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 1:43pm
Updated: Monday, March 22, 2021 - 12:27pm

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"Challenge coins" allegedly created by a team of Phoenix Police officers to commemorate injuring a protester.

After shooting a protester in the groin with a pepper ball at a protest in 2017, a team of Phoenix police officers allegedly created commemorative coins to celebrate the incident.

The “challenge coins” clearly depict the man being shot on the front and have the date of the protest on the back, according to an ABC 15 report.

The text on the coins reads “Good Night, Left Nut” on one side and “Make America Great Again, One Nut at a Time” on the other. The first phrase has drawn comparison to the neo-Nazi slogan “Good Night, Left Side.”

The coins were allegedly kept and shared by the Tactical Response Unit. Phoenix police denies any involvement.

The ACLU Arizona and Puente Human Rights filed a class-action suit against the Phoenix Police Department over its response to the protest.

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