Arizona

Ducey focused on hospital space, not stopping sharp COVID-19 increases

Gov. Doug Ducey and the state’s top public health official had few answers for what the state would do to blunt the rise in cases other than to repeatedly declare that there were enough hospital beds to treat those who fall ill.

National Guard flew surveillance aircraft over Black Lives Matter protests

The Arizona National Guard has been helping the Phoenix Police Department monitor Black Lives Matter protests using helicopters and an airplane that has been used for counter-drug operations along Arizona’s border with Mexico.

Data show Arizona’s racial inequities in education, poverty, prisons

In the wake of the police killings of George Floyd and Dion Johnson, the nation has re-ignited discussions of racial inequities and disparities in policing. But data suggests those inequities between whites and people of color in Arizona stretch far beyond interactions with police. 

Thousands turn DPS show of force into a mural for Dion Johnson

The Arizona Department of Public Safety put up fencing around its Phoenix headquarters in late May to stop the family, friends and advocates of Dion Johnson from holding a vigil there. Nine days later, thousands of demonstrators marched to the building, chanting “Justice for Dion!”, and turned the fence into a community mural. 

Ducey ends statewide curfew, praises peaceful protests

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t extend the curfew he imposed a week ago in response to looting at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall.

Phoenix police chief addresses demonstrators on Day 9 of protests

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,...

Crowds remain peaceful as protests enter eighth night

For the first few nights of protests in downtown Phoenix, Michael Case watched from home as people broke windows and police lobbed at tear gas at marchers.

The needed police reform is a culture shift from conquering to protecting

“You have to dominate. If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time.” That was the message from President Trump to the nation’s governors on Monday during a conference call largely filled with him berating them about a weekend of protests and riots that, in his eyes, made our nation look weak.

‘The most horrific thing’: Family of Dion Johnson reacts to video of him dying

Dion Johnson was 28. A protector, a comedian, a passionate family man, said his sister, Camille Landrum. He had the biggest heart, said his aunt, Donna Hall. 

Tenant unions prepare for wave of evictions after executive order expires

Phoenix resident Ronnie Wollenzier’s first day of unemployment couldn’t have started on a more ominous note. Her first day of not working as a nanny due to COVID-19 was March 13, which happened to land on a Friday. 
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