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Tempe City Council OKs $2M To Family Of 14-Year-Old Killed By Police

The Tempe City Council has unanimously approved a $2 million settlement for the family of 14-year-old Antonio Arce, who was shot and killed by Tempe police in 2019.

In January 2019, Tempe police Officer Joseph Jaen shot Arce as the teen ran away from the officer while holding a toy airsoft gun near 48th Street and Baseline Road.

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel declined to prosecute the officer, but Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moirsaid the department’s investigation found Jaen acted inappropriately, and he would have been fired had he not resigned.

Daniel Ortega, the lawyer representing Arce’s family, issued a statement saying: "From the beginning, the family of Antonio Arce has been seeking justice and some measure of accountability.”

The lawsuit originally sought $5 million in damages.

Scott Bourque is a reporter at KJZZ. He got his start in radio working as a reporter, photographer and producer for the American Forces Network, covering the tsunami relief operations in Japan, naval exercises in the Pacific, and combat operations in Afghanistan. He graduated from Northern Arizona University and earned a master’s in journalism from Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While at Cronkite, he helped produce the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award-winning investigative project “Hate in America” as a fellow for News21. For this project, he traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to interview parties on both sides of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally, and Portland, Oregon, where he embedded with the Proud Boys, a far-right activist group, as they held a rally that turned into a riot. As a second-generation native Phoenician, Bourque loves finding and telling the stories that define and shape his hometown. In his spare time, he manages an Instagram page for Chloe, his father’s clumber spaniel, and enjoys the Phoenix area’s vibrant restaurant scene.