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Madeline Ackley

Madeline Ackley is a journalist student at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication majoring in digital journalism. She is currently the arts and entertainment editor at the Downtown Devil, an independent digital publication run by Arizona State University students. She covers business, arts and local politics.

Annual homeless count canceled in Maricopa County because of COVID

By: - February 5, 2021

On one night at the beginning of the year, counties across the country attempt to count the number of homeless people in their area.

‘No more political options’: Trump rally at Capitol highlights GOP fractures

By: - January 7, 2021

Two separate gatherings of Trump supporters at the Arizona Capitol showcased divergent views on the violence that gripped the nation’s capital on Wednesday when the president incited a mob to descend on the U.S. Capitol, where they stormed the building to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the November election.

Portland solidarity protesters strike defiant anti-police tone

By: - July 27, 2020

A demonstration in solidarity with Portland protesters took a militant tone, as demonstrators arrived Saturday at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Phoenix wearing balaclavas and tactical vests, while others carried umbrellas or wore helmets.

Is a parking lot a homeless shelter? Yes, according to City of Phoenix

By: - July 7, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC guidelines recommend social distancing, hand washing and remaining at home whenever possible. But for most people experiencing homelessness, such recommendations are impossible to follow. 

Calls to ‘defund the police’ in Phoenix rejected by city council

By: - June 18, 2020

A little over a week ago, following pressure from advocates, the Phoenix City Council approved a measure to fully fund a civilian review board to oversee claims of misconduct against the Phoenix Police Department—the first of its kind to exist in the city of Phoenix. 

Phoenix police chief addresses demonstrators on Day 9 of protests

By: - June 5, 2020

Hundreds gathered at Phoenix City Hall with signs, chanting “black lives matter” as helicopters whirred overhead and police blocked off surrounding streets in the heart of downtown Phoenix.   It’s a sight that has become familiar, as Phoenix concluded its ninth day of protests following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, which […]

Phoenix city council may vote today on police civilian review board

By: - February 25, 2020

After months of talks, Phoenix city council members on Tuesday will discuss whether to implement a civilian review board – and what powers such a board might have – to oversee a Phoenix Police Department that has been dogged with complaints of excessive force in recent years. 

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Activists demand changes at Tempe PD, more community engagement

By: - February 17, 2020

More than 20 protesters attended the first Tempe City Council meeting since charges were dropped against Joseph Jaen, the former Tempe police officer who shot and killed 14-year-old Antonio Arce 13 months ago. 

Community outcry after no charges against officer who shot, killed teenager

By: - February 10, 2020

Nearly 13 months after a Tempe police officer shot and killed 14-year-old Antonio Arce as he was running away from him, his family and community advocates are trying to understand how justice can be served, now that prosecutors have said they won’t charge the officer.

2020 homeless count underway in Maricopa County

By: - January 28, 2020

It was still dark when a group of three volunteers came across a dirt lot in west Phoenix on Tuesday. 

Phoenix still criminalizes homelessness, despite court ruling, protesters say

By: - January 9, 2020

About 30 demonstrators gathered at Margaret T. Hance Park Wednesday in downtown Phoenix to urge city leaders to adopt legislation to decriminalize urban camping.