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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»

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Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws

A U.S. House elections panel heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box.... 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»

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»

Ducey told Trump 'the more aggressive approach does work’ against unruly protests

In a conference call in which President Donald Trump called governors "weak" for failing to respond to at times unruly protests against police violence and implored them to "dominate" protesters and rioters, Gov. Doug Ducey boasted about Arizona's "more aggressive" approach and earned praise from the president.... Read more»

Trump plans to collect DNA from nearly a million immigrants despite charges it violates privacy

Pilot projects could lead to the Trump administration storing genetic material from children as young as 14 years old in the name of fighting crime. ... Read more»

Arpaio fights to vacate contempt conviction after Trump pardon

Arizona’s Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, returned to court via attorneys Wednesday, complaining to the 9th Circuit that a criminal contempt conviction dismissed two years ago is still hanging over his head. ... Read more»

Supreme Court will not hear Maricopa County appeal of Arpaio ruling

The Supreme Court on Monday let stand lower court rulings that said Maricopa County is responsible for controversial policing practices of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.... 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»

State lawmakers praise, condemn Trump’s pardon of Arpaio

In Washington, reaction to President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was swift and strong.... Read more»

Just days after his pardon, Arpaio muses about possible future moves

Just days after President Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio late Friday for a criminal contempt of court conviction, the former sheriff was musing Monday about remaining active in Arizona politics. ... Read more»

Phoenix leaders pledge to keep Trump rally safe

Local law enforcement leaders, school officials and businesses are bracing for President Donald Trump’s visit to Arizona on Tuesday, with public officials saying they are calmly working to avoid violent clashes between supporters and counter-protesters expected to clog downtown Phoenix.... Read more»

Trump returning to Phoenix for rally next week

On the heels of a troublesome week, President Trump will return to the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday for a political rally — the same place he effusively declared a year ago that Mexico would pay for an "impenetrable, powerful, solid southern border wall." Trump has hinted at a pardon for Joe Arpaio, and may endorse a challenge to Sen. Flake.... Read more»

Commentary

The Joe Arpaio I knew

The ex-Maricopa sheriff made his name in part by targeting immigrants — even after a judge ordered him to stop. As President Trump considers a pardon, it’s worth remembering precisely what Arpaio did in his decades in law enforcement. His office at one point stopped investigating sex crimes against children, depleted its patrol division and nearly bankrupted itself.... Read more»

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