I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mesa police kill unarmed, distressed man.

Just a reminder to folks that calling the police (including on oneself) to deal with a psychiatric crisis immediately escalates the risk of lethal violence...which is usually turned against the person everyone originally wanted to help. The cops shoot suicidal people with big threats and no means to hurt them all the time; this is but a recent example. Communities need to invest more in meeting basic needs and assuring access to public mental health care than in drawing down police force in order to reduce incidences like this.

Condolences to Trimble's family.

----------------------from the Arizona Republic-----------------

Man shot by Mesa police was unarmed

A 38-year-old man who was shot by Mesa police Thursday had threatened to kill them, but was not armed when he was shot.

Police originally said Thursday that Phillip A. Trimble was shot by three officers when he dropped a cellphone and pointed a gun at them.

But after further investigation, homicide detectives discovered Trimble had only simulated a weapon, acting as if he was grabbing a handgun tucked in his waistband before officers opened fire.

"It appears that he just simulated the weapon with his hand," said Detective Steve Berry, a police spokesman.

"He made the statement, 'I've got a .357 magnum, I'm going to shoot you guys," Berry said. "That why we had such a heightened response, because he made threats at officers."

Berry said officers discovered Trimble was not armed when the Maricopa County Medical Examiners Office arrived on the scene and moved the body.

The shooting occurred at 2:36 p.m. Thursday after police had convinced Trimble to step outside his home in the 9000 block of East Glade Avenue, near Southern Avenue and Ellworth Road.

Berry said Trimble had appeared unstable during a series of phone calls he made to police, starting at 1:13 p.m. He initially reported a robbery.

Berry said police found evidence that Trimble had been drinking prior to the shooting.

Officers wanted to help Trimble and only shot him when they perceived a threat to their own lives, he said.

"The ultimate goal is to help, not to hurt," Berry said. Police will review the case to see if there were other tactics that could have been used.

He said officers were too far away from Trimble to have used a Taser to subdue him.

Court records show Trimble had no prior history of violent acts. He had been sentenced a year ago in Maricopa County Superior Court to four months in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for two years.


  1. try checking on him in Tacoma WA
    springfield OR
    Prairie city OR
    He had pulled this before
    Leave the police alone

    1. Fuck you ASS HOLE. You obviously do not know what the FUCK happened ... do you? Didn't think so. He never meant to hurt anyone. Kay? I know that for a fact. It has been 9 fuckin' months and he had plans with his life. It's ass holes like you that brought him down. He would take his shirt off of his back for anyone. But I would NOT for you. You are so into what the police have to say. Did it ever occur to you that the media does not always say their story straight and that they always have the police back? Naw, I didn't think so. Think about his fuckin' family and his two fuckin' daughters that got left behind you insensitive ass hole! It's people like you that I hate! I have been through so much and an ass hole like you just makes it harder!