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Bipartisan bill would set up Arizona task force to investigate police use-of-force

A bipartisan measure to create a new division inside the Arizona Department of Public Safety that would investigate use-of-force incidents and criminal misconduct by police officers won unanimous support in a legislative committee Monday afternoon.... Read more»

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When your criminal case Is dopped, but your mugshot lives forever

As the country debates the path forward for criminal justice reform, the practice of running digital mugshot galleries of arrestees, and the long-lasting harm caused by law enforcement agencies’ practice of publishing booking mugshots online, has largely flown under the radar.... Read more»

Another protest lawsuit against Phoenix, Maricopa County on the horizon

A protester who Phoenix police arrested for false felony claims in 2020 and who prosecutors claimed was a member of a non-existent gang is moving to sue the City of Phoenix, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Phoenix PD and Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.... Read more»

Az Senate indicates more 2020 election review subpoenas are likely

The Arizona State Senate might issue more subpoenas related to an ongoing review of the Maricopa County 2020 election, which has been going on since late April.... Read more»1

Federal contempt charge likely for Maricopa Sheriff Penzone

Maricopa Sheriff Paul Penzone - a Democrat who succeeded Trump-pardoned Republican Joe Arpaio - is not complying with a court order to overhaul how the department investigates officer misconduct, a federal judge said Thursday, signaling he will find Penzone in contempt.... Read more»

Arizona 'audit' official says he 'recovered' files, undercutting claim Maricopa County officials deleted them

A GOP contractor said he was able to recover data that the Arizona Senate’s election 'audit' team previously accused Maricopa County of deleting, undermining a serious allegation publicly lodged against election officials.... Read more»

Tamper seals and deleted databases: Arizona audit myths and facts

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, in response to a litany of accusations that 'auditors' bombastically pronounced on Twitter last week, released a 14-page letter, along with exhibits, to refute the claims that have sparked new conspiracy theories.... Read more»

Maricopa supervisors deny allegations, call for end to 'sham' audit

After Senate President Karen Fann’s 'audit' team accused Maricopa County election officials of illegally deleting files and other improprieties, the Board of Supervisors responded with a full-blown denunciation, denying the allegations and decrying the 'audit' as a sham that should be put to rest.... Read more»

Deadly street racing in Arizona outruns efforts to combat it

Illegal street racing has increased around Arizona, with Tucson police receiving significantly more public complaints in 2020 than in any previous year, but it’s difficult to determine how many lives have been lost when law enforcement doesn't recommend misdemeanor charges as part of fatal collision prosecutions.... Read more»

An inside look at a drive-through COVID vaccine center for health care workers

Hundreds of cars came and went at a steady pace on Dec. 31 through the multiple lanes set up at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The state has been looking to speed up the rollout of the vaccine and get the 314,000 doses it has received so far into distribution.... Read more»

Penzone handily re-elected as Maricopa County sheriff

Maricopa County voters overwhelmingly elected Sheriff Paul Penzone to a second term, rejecting a bid by one of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's executive officers.... Read more»

Maricopa County jail still a top recipient of ICE detainers

A jail operated by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office continues to be a top destination nationally for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to take custody of people arrested for alleged misdemeanors and felonies.... Read more»

What we know about police drones in Arizona and how they’re used

The Tempe Police Department recently released video from its DJI Phantom Pro 4 drone that it used to surveil protesters over the weekend, but the agency isn’t the only law enforcement in the state with the technology.... 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»

Maricopa becomes largest county to approve 2nd Amendment 'sanctuary' measure

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, in a tense public meeting Wednesday morning, voted 4-1 to declare Maricopa as a “Second Amendment Preservation County.”... Read more»

Supreme Court turns down Arpaio, who vows fight to vacate conviction

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed Monday to continue the fight to clear his name of a criminal contempt of court conviction, after the Supreme Court rejected his challenge of an appeals court ruling.... Read more»

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