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Guest opinion

TPD chief: Allow time for investigation of police conduct

Tucson's police chief is asking for patience while his department investigates in the wake of the public outcry over police actions following the University of Arizona basketball loss on Saturday night: "While I understand the level of emotion concerning videos that have been circulating from March 29, I would like to implore members of the community to allow us the time to thoroughly investigate the incident."... Read more»1

Operation Streamline

Protestors blockade courthouse, force immigration hearing halt

A four-hour protest Friday led authorities to halt Operation Streamline deportation hearings as activists stopped two buses carrying people to immigration hearings in Tucson. Protestors chained themselves to the buses, with more blocking the gate of Tucson's federal courthouse. 18 were arrested by Tucson police.... Read more»3

Activists decry, TPD chief defends use of pepper spray during protest

The day after an immigration protest led to the use of pepper spray and pepper balls, immigration activists met in the chapel of the Southside Presbyterian Church to voice their frustration with the Tucson Police Department and Chief Roberto Villaseñor.... Read more»2

Katie Bolger

Cunningham staffer issues apology for drunk tirade at cops

Katie Bolger, the chief of staff for City Councilman Paul Cunningham, has issued a written statement about the intoxicated outburst — directed at Tucson police — last month that ended in her spending a night in jail. Despite the police union's call for her resignation, she has declined repeated requests to be interviewed about the incident. (with video)... Read more»3

Marchers: TPD should not call in Border Patrol

Demanding a change in Tucson Police Department policy, more than 200 people marched from Southside Presbyterian Church to TPD's headquarters on Sunday afternoon. Råul Alcarez Ochoa, an organizer of the march, believes that Tucson police are failing the community when they follow SB 1070's requirement to determine the immigration status of those they arrest.... Read more»

TPD chief at White House to talk about gun violence

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor said President Barack Obama was receptive Monday to suggestions from a group of law enforcement officials called to the White House to discuss efforts to reduce gun violence. Villaseñor urged the president to push for universal background checks on firearm sales.... Read more»1

Forum set on SB 1070, racial profiling

A community forum on SB 1070 and the potential for racial profiling, organized by Councilwoman Regina Romero and religious leaders, is set for Tuesday evening. Appearing at the meeting will be Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor and City Attorney Mike Rankin.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: TPD prepares for 'papers please' provision

Friday on Buckmaster - Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor on enforcing SB 1070.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

JC Scott: Villaseñor says 'SB 1070 undermines local law enforcement'

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor on the Supreme Court's decision on SB 1070, plus Pima County supervisor candidate Mike Hellon and Jim Small, editor of the Arizona Capitol Times... Read more»

DHS: No more pickups of noncriminal suspected illegal aliens

Federal immigration agents will no longer go to pick up people who are suspected by Arizona police of being illegal immigrants unless the suspects are convicted criminals, recent border crossers, or have been previously deported, senior Homeland Security officials said Monday.... Read more»4

Isabel Celis

Police: Release of wrong video not a 'setback' in Celis case

Tucson Police do not consider the release of wrong surveillance video they had hoped would lead them to potential witnesses in the case of missing 6-year-old Isabel Celis as a step back in the investigation.... Read more»

Isabel Celis

TPD: Video of witnesses in Celis case was from wrong day

Tucson Police said the surveillance video released Friday that shows five potential witnesses walking toward the neighborhood of the Celis family home was from the wrong day as the case for missing 6-year-old Isabel Celis moved into its 10th day.... Read more»

Isabel Celis

Police speak to more witnesses from video in Celis case

Tucson Police are reviewing the statements of at least three "witnesses" seen on a surveillance video distributed by TPD in the search for missing 6-year-old Isabel Celis.... Read more»

Isabel Celis

Potential witness from video speaks with police in Celis case

Investigators in the case of missing 6-year-old Isabel Celis were speaking with a man who identified himself as one of the potential witnesses seen in a surveillance video released Friday night.... Read more»

Isabel Celis

TPD releases video of potential witnesses in Celis case

The Tucson Police Department has released surveillance video of a group of people who may be potential witnesses to the disappearance of 6-year-old Isabel Celis.... Read more»

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