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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»

Advocates slam bill to keep officers’ names secret after shootings

Keeping the names of law enforcement officers secret for up to 60 days after the use of deadly force would create a larger divide between citizens and the police force, advocates said Wednesday.... Read more»3

Bill to keep officers’ names secret after shootings moves forward

Despite objections from open-government and civil rights activists, a state Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow law enforcement agencies to withhold for 90 days the names of officers involved in deadly force incidents.... Read more»1

Bill would require Az police to wear body cameras

State lawmaker says requiring police to wear body cameras would promote trust and collaboration. ... Read more»

Comic:

Ferguson apples

R.I.P. Michael Brown.... Read more»

The best reporting on federal push to militarize local police

Protests have continued for more than a week since the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Police officers initially met protesters with full riot gear, armored vehicles and assault rifles, escalating tensions and leading Gov. Jay Nixon to replace the St. Louis County Police Department with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, saying the St. Louis suburb looked like “a war zone."... Read more»

Analysis

Money, not morals, drives pro & anti-pot movements

The legalization of cannabis gives rise to a new industry that spends money in Washington to further its interests. But they will be competing against the big money groups which benefit from the continued prohibition of marijuana.... Read more»

Peru’s secret weapon against cop corruption: Policewomen

Law-breaking drivers usually bribe their way out of just about anything in Latin America. Female officers, apparently, are having none of it.... Read more»

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