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Maricopa County officials have stepped up monitoring of ballot drop boxes after four more reports over the weekend of voters who felt intimidated by people watching and videotaping the sites.

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said he plans to step up security at voting locations in the run-up to Election Day, following more reports of individuals – in some cases armed – filming and tailing voters at Arizona ballot drop boxes. Read more»

Snow was also troubled by an Arizona statute allowing the extension of the 180-day internal investigation period by an additional 300 days. If the investigation does not conclude in that period, it is dropped completely.

A federal judge said Tuesday he is likely to find the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in contempt for understaffing positions responsible for investigating possible internal misconduct amongst its officers. Read more»

Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, speaks in front of a group of law enforcement about House Bill 2650, which would create a division in the Arizona Department of Public Safety to investigate use-of-force incidents involving police.

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»

In Maricopa County, the former sheriff, Joe Arpaio, gained considerable notoriety for encouraging website visitors to cast votes on mugshots.

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»

A banner hangs outside a Maricopa County Superior Court building in downtown Phoenix on Oct. 19, 2020, during a press conference calling on the county to release and drop prosecution of Suvarna Ratnam. Phoenix police arrested Ratnam twice and prosecutors sought criminal charges. Ratnam is moving to sue Phoenix, police and the county for the arrests, jail time and prosecutions.

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»

The floor of Veterans Memorial Coliseum during the Arizona Senate's audit of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County.

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

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone speaking with attendees at the 2017 National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Annual Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

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»

An observer watches as contractors working for Cyber Ninjas, who was hired by the Arizona State Senate, examine and recount ballots from the 2020 general election at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 8, 2021.

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»

A man in a forklift moves boxes containing ballots from the 2020 general election to a truck for storage at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 14, 2021. The Maricopa County ballot recount is scheduled to continue after a hiatus for high school graduations.

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 County Supervisor Bill Gates speaks about the Senate's election audit at a press conference on May 17, 2021.

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»

Christian Paulauskis prepares to do a burnout before his race against Karlie Tuttle at the Tucson Dragway on March 19. Racers do burnouts to heat their tires to improve traction on the asphalt and guarantee faster times and safer runs.

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»

Cars wait in line at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Chandler on Dec. 31, 2020.

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»

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone addresses the media Jan. 7, 2019.

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»

Aerial shot of 4th Avenue Jail in downtown Phoenix.

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»

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»

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