Border town promises change after fatal shooting of Navajo woman

Family and friends carried a photo of Loreal Tsingine through the streets of Winslow, Arizona, on April 2, 2016. Photo from Navajo Nation OPVP / Facebook

Officials in Winslow, Arizona, are promising to address concerns raised by the Navajo Nation after a police officer shot and killed a tribal member.

The city will send staff to chapter meetings on the reservation and will look at reducing the number of liquor licenses, The Arizona Republic reported. The police chief is retiring in August and a consultant will be brought in to review the department, the paper said.

With facilitation from the Department of Justice, city officials also met with the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and tribal members to discuss the fatal shooting of Loreal Juana Barnell Tsingine, 27, on March 27. The incident remains under investigation by the Arizona Department of Public Safety but tribal leaders want the Obama administration to intervene, citing a pattern of mistreatment in a community about 30 miles from the southern border of the reservation.

Native Americans represent 25.7 percent of the population in Winslow, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many tribal members travel to and from the city to work, go to school and spend their money.

The officer who shot and killed Tsingine remains on paid administrative leave, The Arizona Republic reported. Austin Shipley was suspended twice in the past for incidents involving 15-year-old girls, the paper said. It wasn't reported whether the girls were Native.

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