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Phoenix police oversight office’s first director begins work

Roger Smith runs the Office of Accountability and Transparency - a new city office overseeing complaints filed against the Phoenix Police Department - established in May after months of testimony about Phoenix police conduct and complaints about a lack of accountability.... Read more»

Justice Dep't probing Phoenix police over excessive force allegations

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the City of Phoenix and its police department, to review whether law enforcement officers there have engaged in a pattern of excessive force and discriminatory practices.... Read more»1

2 Arizona prison inmates test positive for COVID-19

Two Arizona prison inmates have tested positive for coronavirus, authorities said — one a state prisoner now at a hospital, and another an inmate at a Marana private prison. ADOC has been clearing space in a storage building for a COVID-19 ward.... Read more»

Arizona clears prison 'warehouse' in prep for COVID-19 inmate infections

Arizona prison officials are prepping storage buildings as potential coronavirus wards, as guards — 300 of whom are on sick leave already — worry about possible outbreaks, and ADOC's policies shift day-by-day.... Read more»

The push to get vital COVID-19 information to non-English speakers

On March 16, the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a public alert aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The problem: For days, it was in English only – leaving millions of non-English speakers in the U.S. without direct guidance from the federal government amid the deadly and fast-moving pandemic.... Read more»

Phoenix police roll out more body cameras; 950 officers now have them

The Phoenix Police Department has continued its rollout of body-worn cameras, issuing the devices to about a dozen officers in the Cactus Park Precinct in north Phoenix. ... Read more»

Phoenix council rejects bid to become 'sanctuary city'

The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday rejected a bid to declare the large southwestern U.S. municipality a "sanctuary city" despite vocal cries to protect undocumented immigrants.... Read more»