Monthly Archives: June 2009

Tempe Police Chief, Mayor, 2 Cops Named In Racial Profiling Case

by Brian A. Wilkins

Tempe Police Chief Tom Ryff, Mayor Hugh Hallman, Officer Tyler Watkins, and Sergeant Jon Waide were served summonses last week after Dr. Araya Wolde-Giorgis filed a complaint in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Wolde-Giorgis, an Ethiopian American, alleges that Officer Watkins pulled him over on February 17, 2008, solely because of his race. Watkins also threatened Wolde-Giorgis by continually placing his hand on his pistol, the complaint alleges. Wolde-Giorgis was told he was being issued a “left turn violation” citation, but discovered a second citation, “turn signal violation,” once he got home and obtained his reading … Read Entire Article