Gov. Doug Ducey met privately with local black leaders to discuss the controversy surrounding a spate of police shootings across the country.
State Rep. Reginald Bolding, a Democrat from Phoenix, said the governor requested the meeting, which took place Wednesday at the Capitol.
"I walked out mostly optimistic," Bolding said Monday. "Still, I'm very much waiting for a sign that the governor's office is serious about creating policies that would actually resolve the tension."
Among the topics discussed were efforts to better investigate police shootings and hold public safety officials accountable.
Bolding has introduced legislation over the past two years that requires the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to independently investigate the shootings.
The Republican-controlled legislature never gave the Democratic-sponsored bills a hearing.
The governor's office confirmed the meeting took place but has not immediately commented.
Ducey is in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.
Kicking off Day 1 of #gopconvention at the @AZGOP breakfast talking how we're going to keep Arizona RED. #RNCinCLE pic.twitter.com/ZUX64U7RTk— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) July 18, 2016
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