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African American Reconstruction teams with Arizona pro sports organizations to empower Black community

The non-profit organization African American Reconstruction was founded after the death of George Floyd to empower the Black community and cultivate a climate that creates opportunities for advancement.... Read more»

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Arizona House Republicans approve bill to restrict who can film cops and when

A bill proposed by Fountain Hills Republican Rep. John Kavanagh, who spent decades as a police officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, would make it unlawful for someone to film police from up to 15 feet away while officers are engaged in “law enforcement activity.” ... Read more»

U.S. House hearing on extremism toward minorities turns into 'defund the police' debate

Leaders of faith organizations and Historically Black Colleges and Universities told a U.S. House panel how their institutions have been roiled by violence - while subcommittee Republicans said the focus should be on crime rates and threats made to law enforcement officers.... Read more»

Rising gun deaths push cities to shore up police and services

With a rise in homicides in more than a dozen major U.S. cities, local leaders and gun safety experts are renewing their efforts to strike a balance between relying on law enforcement and engaging others, such as social workers, to reduce violence in at-risk communities.... Read more»

ASU study: De-escalation training helps cops learn how to stay safe

De-escalation training is more likely to improve police-civilian interactions when it’s perceived by cops as a way to keep them safe on the job, according to an Arizona State University study in conjunction with the Tempe police force.... Read more»

Ex-cop lawmaker wants to restrict recording videos of Arizona cops

Videos like those that captured police killing George Floyd and Eric Garner would be illegal in Arizona under a new law proposed by Fountain Hills Republican Rep. John Kavanagh - a bill similar to one proposed by the retired police officer in 2016.... Read more»

Ducey touts border security, water & tax plans in final State of the State speech

Gov. Doug Ducey vowed to use state resources to increase border security, spend a billion dollars to treat and transport water from the Sea of Cortez, expand school choice and continue lowering taxes as he laid out a wide-ranging agenda for his last year in office. ... Read more»

Tucson lowrider bike film 'Low y Cool' will show on big screen again 25 years later

The 1996 documentary "Low y Cool" about a lowrider bicycle club from Tucson's South Side will play on a big screen again in a 25th anniversary showing, which will include a discussion about Chicano history in Tucson.... Read more»

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»

After acquittal, Kyle Rittenhouse opponents, supporters rally at ASU

More than 100 protesters gathered in the Arizona State University Nelson Fine Arts Center courtyard Wednesday demanding ASU bar Kyle Rittenhouse, though ASU officials say Rittenhouse isn’t enrolled and hasn’t applied for admission. ... Read more»

Rittenhouse rejected, respected by feuding factions on ASU campus

Though not enrolled in classes or present on campus, Kyle Rittenhouse is already casting a long shadow across Arizona State University - with both left-wing groups and conservative organizations agreeing on at least one thing: Each thinks the university is not doing enough.... Read more»

Rittenhouse found not guilty on all counts in Kenosha protest shootings

A jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of murder on Friday, finding the 18-year-old’s actions on the night last year when he killed two and injured a third with an AR-15 during a chaotic Kenosha, Wisconsin, protest did not live up to the most serious charge he faced. ... Read more»

Black Lives Matter, pandemic inequalities drive racial impact laws

More states are trying to assess the racial impact of new laws, as the consciousness of many legislators has been raised by the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement and the pandemic’s disproportionate effect on minorities. ... Read more»

Young Tucson biz owners of color fund their ideas with $10k, zero-interest community loans

A group of 16 entrepreneurs who identfiy as Black, Indigenous or people of color are getting support for their innovations and business ideas from a $10,000, interest-free loan started by the Community Investment Corporations, a local nonprofit. ... Read more»

TPD Chief Magnus' confirmation for top Customs & Border Protection post to finally move ahead

Five months after Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus was tapped to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, his nomination will move forward after the head of the Senate committee responsible for the process resolved a months-long dispute over questions about the actions of federal officers during unrest in Portland, Oregon last year.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Why attacking educators for antiracist teaching is dangerous

Disparities exist because of racism and a litany of racist policies that exclude, exploit and suppress people of color - the place to start to enact change starts in the classroom with the development of our future leaders. ... Read more»

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