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Posted: Monday, April 5, 2010 8:35 am | Updated: 3:53 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Only a few weeks after a South Phoenix City Councilman said he was roughed up by police, the city is recruiting residents to serve on a task force designed to address minority concerns.

The panel may consist of up to 30 members from a broad-section of the city.

The city manager's committee will be charged with issuing recommendations to improve communication and trust between certain minority groups and the Phoenix Police Department. Reforms could include more officer training and new procedures.

City manager David Cavazos announced the creation of the task force just days after the March 19 incident in which Councilman Michael Johnson alleged he was pushed, thrown to the ground and handcuffed by a white officer, who was securing the scene of a house fire.

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