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Jury absolves Tucson police of negligence in 2018 death of Joel Andrade

A jury found that the city of Tucson and two police officers were not negligent in the 2018 fatal shooting of 53-year-old Joel Andrade, whose family sued, claiming more should have been done prevent the death of the South Side father and husband. ... Read more»

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Southern Arizona man arrested for attacking police during Jan. 6 Capitol riot

A Southern Arizona man was arrested Tuesday, facing federal charges of assaulting police and civil disorder, stemming from his actions in the Jan. 6 attack on Congress by supporters of Donald Trump who sought to halt the confirmation of the electoral votes for President Joe Biden.... Read more»

Sunshine Week

Foilies 2022: Recognizing the year’s worst in government transparency

Each year during Sunshine Week (March 13-19), the Foilies serve up tongue-in-cheek "awards" for government agencies and assorted institutions that stand in the way of access to information. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and MuckRock combine forces to collect horror stories about Freedom of Information Act and state-level public records requests across the U.S.... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: Obsess much? Donald still bugged out by Hillary

Donald Trump and his Republican base just can't stop accusing Hillary Clinton of doing the things that they've been doing themselves.... Read more»

Lawmakers target rise in violent crime; Arizona rates remain above U.S.

Lawmakers called for action on a bipartisan bill that would allocate $100 million a year for the next decade to support police agencies and increase assistance to victims and their families to address rising violent crime rates in Arizona.... Read more»

Nogales man pleads guilty in human-smuggling probe

A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty in a Tucson federal court Friday for his role in coordinating smuggling efforts in Nogales, part of a years-long investigation launched by federal officials to clamp down on the movement of people across the Arizona-Mexico border. ... Read more»

Record number of 'dangerous' laser strikes reported by pilots in 2021

More pilots then ever before reported being hit by high-powered lasers in 2021, potentially incapacitating them, according to new FAA data. Arizona ranked in the top five states for the largest number of "dangerous laser strikes."... Read more»

Senate panel advances study committee on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples

Senate Bill 1215, which would establish a study committee for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) in Arizona.... Read more»

Crímenes de odio en Arizona alcanzan su nivel más alto desde el 9/11

Los crímenes de odio en Arizona en 2020 fueron los más altos reportados desde 2001 desde ataques del 11 de septiembre, según nuevas estadísticas del FBI. Expertos dicen que probablemente muchos más crímenes de odio no fueron denunciados. ... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: Cake and coups

As we approach the first anniversary of the Trump insurrection, let's remember that the Fourth of July is for patriotism. January 6 is for traitors. ... Read more»

Arizona saw a rise in antisemitic and hate incidents in 2021

Antisemitic and hate incidents in Arizona this year saw a 26% increase from 2020 and a 41% increase from 2019, according to a year-end report by the Arizona chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.... Read more»

Arizona hate crimes hit their highest level since 9/11, and it’s likely an undercount

Hate crimes in Arizona in 2020 were the highest reported since 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, according to new FBI statistics, but advocates and experts say many more hate crimes mostly likely were unreported. ... Read more»

New BIA website spotlights Missing and Murdered Indigenous people

The new Bureau of Indian Affairs website dedicated to solving missing and murdered cases in Indian Country provides attention to unresolved cases involving Indigenous people that the BIA, Office of Justice Services, and Missing and Murdered Unit is working on.... Read more»

Guest opinion

The emerging national tragedy of police suicides

Beginning Jan. 1, the FBI will collect data on suicides by law enforcement officers, with the goal of releasing the first in a series of annual reports next summer. It may finally bring a problem that has deeply affected American policing out of the “shadows,” writes the executive director of the Police Executive Research Program.... Read more»

Missing Arizona weaver’s work gives family and searchers some hope

Her loom and materials sit unused as renowned Native weaver Ella Mae Begay, last seen at her home on the Navajo Nation on June 15, is the subject of an FBI search, and the agency suspects foul play was involved in her disappearance.... Read more»

Analysis

Spotty data & media bias delay justice for missing & murdered Indigenous people

Though there are estimates, no one knows just how many Indigenous girls or women go missing each year, so how can Native communities convince the media to pay attention to missing Indigenous people - and how can they convince authorities to investigate these cases?... Read more»

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