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Arizona budget bill provision would allow DPS to block release of all video records

Tucked into a budget bill on criminal justice is a provision that would allow the Arizona Department of Public Safety to outright deny releasing any video records the agency possesses and to heavily edit any videos it chooses to make public.... Read more»

Realistic imitation guns present potential dangers, benefits

Since 2015, at least 4% of deadly police shootings nationwide have had victims holding “toy weapons,” including children’s toy guns, nonfunctional replicas, BB guns, and airsoft guns. However, while imitation guns’ aesthetic authenticity currently benefits many groups, officers are not trained to differentiate fake guns from real ones.... Read more»

Arizona bill would mandate redactions on body camera footage

A proposal before the Arizona Legislature would require any police body camera footage have nearly all faces blurred before it is released to the public, but critics say the bill would do much more harm than good to the public and even to law enforcement.... 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»

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»