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Lawsuits mount against Phoenix, county for 'outrageous' criminal cases against protesters

A lawsuit claims the City of Phoenix, the Phoenix Police Department and leadership at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office conspired to falsely arrest and maliciously prosecute people who rallied last year to protest the deaths of George Floyd, Dion Johnson and other Black people.... Read more»

Class action lawsuit filed against City of Phoenix, police chief for mass arrests

Twenty three people rounded up and arrested for unfounded felony rioting charges following a May 30, 2020 protest in downtown Phoenix filed a federal class action lawsuit, alleging a conspiracy that included the “mass arrests of 124 individuals, and the use of a manufactured, cut-and-paste probable cause statement to support false felony charges.”... Read more»

Ducey begins plan to equip DPS troopers with body cameras

Gov. Doug Ducey plans to acquire 150 body cameras for the Department of Public Safety, the first step in a larger proposal to equip all state troopers with cameras.... Read more»

Movement to defund police gains urgency in Arizona

A years-old movement to reform police departments, which reentered the national debate last spring when a Minneapolis police officer dug his knee into George Floyd’s back until he couldn’t breathe, has taken root in Arizona.... Read more»

No charges for trooper in Dion Johnson’s death, family will file civil suit

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel said her office won't criminally prosecute Trooper George Cervantes for shooting and killing 28-year-old Dion Johnson.... Read more»

The ‘historical silence’ of the Black workers who made Phoenix prosperous

Phoenix is far from being the only place in the country where Black history is being erased. And across the country, there’s a growing movement — spearheaded, in large part, by African Americans — to save and honor what is left.... Read more»

Az Democrats among those backing sweeping national police reform bill

Congressional Democrats unveiled a sweeping police reform bill Monday that would ban the use of chokeholds and make it easier to hold officers accountable, a bill that one Arizona police group blasted as “one-sided” and “disappointing.”... Read more»