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Does police acquisition of military surplus reduce crime?

In lifting the Obama-era restrictions on police acquisition of surplus military equipment, Attorney General Jeff Sessions misleadingly cited studies to claim that President Obama “went too far” and undermined public safety.... Read more»

Phoenix launches independent investigation of police response to Trump rally protest

The city is hiring an outside firm to conduct an independent review of the controversial police response to protesters after last week’s presidential rally.... Read more»

Phoenix promises 'thorough' review of police response after Trump rally

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Wednesday the city’s police department will conduct a “thorough and transparent” review of the police response after President Donald Trump’s downtown rally Tuesday night.... Read more»

Phoenix leaders pledge to keep Trump rally safe

Local law enforcement leaders, school officials and businesses are bracing for President Donald Trump’s visit to Arizona on Tuesday, with public officials saying they are calmly working to avoid violent clashes between supporters and counter-protesters expected to clog downtown Phoenix.... Read more»

Documenting hate

Police stood by as mayhem mounted in Charlottesville

State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson was on the scene and reports that the authorities turned the streets of the city over to groups of militiamen armed with assault rifles. ... Read more»

Arizona taxpayers could pay more as pension costs continue to rise

Pension costs for Arizona police officers and firefighters are rising to the point they are overburdening taxpayers, according to a legislative committee that is seeking reforms.... Read more»

911 texts help disabled people get faster emergency response

Lake Havasu City implemented text-to-911 service in April and has gotten positive feedback people with hearing disabilities and other residents. It is the only city in Arizona with the system in place.... Read more»

Is stop-and-frisk unconstitutional?

People had a lot of questions about the police practice known as “stop-and-frisk” after the first presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. ... Read more»

AZ Supreme Court OKs police pay for on-the-clock union work

The Arizona State Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that paying police officers while they did work for the police union does not violate the state constitution.... Read more»

FactCheck: Police are not being shot at record levels

Donald Trump wrongly said that “they’re shooting our police at record levels.” The record for police firearm deaths, and deaths of officers overall, in recent decades was set in the 1970s. ... Read more»

Arizona police agencies get low marks for body camera policies

Police departments in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson fell short in a new report that rated departments for policies that ensure that body cameras are a “tool for accountability, not a tool for surveillance” by agencies. ... Read more»

Armed Arizona

Federal program fuels police militarization

Millions of dollars in military-grade armaments are flowing into Arizona communities with minimal standards for training or oversight on how the equipment is being used.... Read more»

Arizona among highest in nation for deaths by cops

Arizona was fourth-highest among states for the number of people killed by police over the last two-plus years, with 93 individuals being killed in that time, according to a national database. Despite being the 15th-largest state in terms of population, Arizona trailed only California, Florida and Texas for killings by police.... Read more»

After dog shootings, Texas House approves cop canine training

Three years after a police officer shot and killed their 5-year-old border collie, Mark and Cindy Boling watched Friday as the Texas House voted for a police canine training program they have been calling for since the day the dog died.... Read more»

Seized assets mean big money for Az law enforcement

An examination of how law enforcement agencies spend money they receive from assets seized under a federal program. Officials say the funds promote public safety, but an opponent says they encourage law enforcement to seize assets. ... Read more»

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