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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»

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

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»

Arizona bill would let dishonest cops appeal placement on Brady List

A bill that would allow law enforcement agents to appeal being placed on a list of dishonest officers cleared another hurdle on its way to becoming law, despite concerns from Maricopa County prosecutors. ... Read more»

Arizona GOP proposal would criminalize 'intimidating' police, first responders

A bill introduced before the Arizona Senate wants to make it a felony to intimate police, firefighters or other first responders because they are members of the law enforcement community, which critics say is an attempt to criminalize protests against police violence like those seen across Arizona last summer.... 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»

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»

Vigils continue as Phx police release partial video of weekend fatal shooting

Phoenix police released partial video Monday of a fatal shooting by officers this weekend of a man in Maryvale, but that did little to satisfy activists who are pressing for more footage to be released to the public.... 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»

Trump signs modest police reform order, defends police as ‘brave’

President Donald Trump signed a modest police reform order Tuesday in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality against people of color.... Read more»