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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»

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Defense seeks immunity for Glendale officer who used Taser on handcuffed suspect

An attorney representing a former Glendale, Arizona police officer sued for using a Taser on a man several times, including once in the testicles, told a federal judge Friday that the ex-officer acted in good faith when stopping and detaining the man during a traffic stop.... Read more»

Justice Dep't probing Phoenix police over excessive force allegations

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the City of Phoenix and its police department, to review whether law enforcement officers there have engaged in a pattern of excessive force and discriminatory practices.... Read more»1

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»

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»

Police critics arrested after 2019 immigration protest sue Phoenix, police

A man who Phoenix police arrested during an interview with the Arizona Mirror at a July 2019 protest and another bystander who police mistook for a right-wing agitator have filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Phoenix and several officers, claiming police unlawfully targeted and arrested them. ... Read more»

The Supreme Court’s subtle hint on police accountability

Recent rulings suggest the high court may be open to ‘recalibrating’ qualified immunity - now interpreted by the courts across the country as barring lawsuits against law enforcement officers unless a prior court decision in a near-identical case has “clearly established” their conduct to be unconstitutional. ... 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»

Study: Body cameras didn’t reduce use of force for Tempe patrol officers

A study of the Tempe Police Department found that body-worn cameras did not decrease the use of force among regular patrol officers, but did have an effect among the agency’s specialized units. ... Read more»

Sinema opposes movement to ‘defund the police’

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema opposes proposals to defund police departments, according to her office.... Read more»

‘If the police aren’t needed, let’s leave them out completely’

Well before protesters recently flooded the streets of America, demanding justice for the death of George Floyd and calling to defund or abolish police departments, several cities across the country had begun shifting resources and responsibilities away from law enforcement to professionals trained to handle emergency calls for nonviolent, crisis situations. ... Read more»

Democrats block ‘weak’ GOP police reform bill, Arizona senators split

Senate Democrats blocked a GOP police reform bill Wednesday because they said it fails to adequately respond to police brutality against people of color.... Read more»

My family saw a police car hit a kid on Halloween. Then I learned how NYPD impunity works.

ProPublica Deputy Managing Editor Eric Umansky’s family saw an unmarked NYPD cruiser hit a Black teenager. He tried to find out how it happened, and instead found all of the ways the NYPD is shielded from accountability.... Read more»

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