Phoenix police chief fired after holding press conference

(KPNX) Phoenix, Arizona is looking for a new police chief after a bizarre string of events.

After a tumultuous 21/2-year tenure marked by continual clashes with police unions and a recent string of high-profile controversies, embattled Phoenix Police Chief Daniel V. Garcia was fired after he defied an order from his boss and called a press conference to unload on his critics.

Less than two hours after Garcia’s press conference ended, Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher called his own to announce that he had terminated Garcia for insubordination for holding court with the media after Zuercher had expressly forbidden it.

“I think Chief Garcia has done a good job – all the men and women of the department have done a good job. But let me be clear, this issue is about following orders, about obeying an order from a supervisor,” Zuercher said.

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