City of Phoenix

Police critics arrested after 2019 immigration protest sue Phoenix, police

BY: - July 16, 2021

A man who Phoenix police arrested during an interview with the Arizona Mirror at a July 2019 protest and another bystander who police mistook for a right-wing agitator have filed a lawsuit against the City of Phoenix and several police officers.  

Class action lawsuit filed against City of Phoenix, police chief for mass arrests

BY: - June 10, 2021

Twenty three people who Phoenix police rounded up and arrested for unfounded felony rioting charges filed a federal class action lawsuit against the City of Phoenix, Police Chief Jeri Williams and three other employees of the Phoenix Police Department.

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AG says counties can ignore mask mandate ban, but Ducey can enforce in other ways

BY: - April 7, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey’s recent executive order barring cities, counties and towns from requiring face masks likely doesn’t preempt local governments from issuing their own mandates, but he could probably still prohibit them through Arizona Department of Health Services rulemaking process, according to an opinion issued by the Attorney General’s Office. The opinion came at the […]

Federal judge: Phoenix was wrong to exclude some immigrants from COVID aid

BY: - December 9, 2020

Phoenix was wrong to exclude some immigrants from applying for COVID-19 rent, mortgage and utility assistance under a program funded with federal dollars, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

Phoenix distributes help to refugee businesses, but other immigrant groups left out

BY: - December 1, 2020

The City of Phoenix has helped about 40 refugee and asylee-owned businesses navigate the economic crisis due the COVID-19 pandemic through grants funded with federal relief dollars.  Meanwhile, a federal judge is expected to decide soon on a lawsuit against the city for denying federal funds for rental assistance to others who don’t have permanent […]

New Phoenix mural honors victims of police violence

BY: - November 24, 2020

A community group that advocates for police reforms and for families of people who died after encounters with the Phoenix Police Department unveiled a new mural in central Phoenix over the weekend.  The mural, located on Camelback Road and 10th Street, shows a Black boy wearing a black shirt raising his right fist with a […]

Phoenix mayor: Abrazo hospitals have ‘run out of morgue beds’

BY: - July 10, 2020

Maricopa County has requested refrigerated trucks because a hospital system ran out of morgue space for people who died from COVID-19 complications, according to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. 

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. 

Phoenix mandates masks in public, but won’t enforce use at Trump rally

BY: - June 22, 2020

On Tuesday, barely 72 hours since the Phoenix City Council implemented a mandatory mask-wearing order, President Donald Trump is scheduled to address an estimated 3,000 people at a “Students for Trump” campaign rally at the Dream City Church in north Phoenix.

Prosecutors drop cases against 4 AZ migrants who could face deportation proceedings

BY: - June 22, 2020

The four Arizona residents who were arrested by the Phoenix Police Department after a May demonstration and later taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement won’t face any civil or criminal state charges, according to the Phoenix and Maricopa County prosecutors.  Roberto Cortes, 22; Máxima Guerrero, 30; Johan Montes Cuevas, 22; and Jesus […]

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. 

COMMENTARY

Calls for police accountability shouldn’t be met with police violence

BY: - June 16, 2020

I attended the protests in Phoenix to ensure residents could freely use their First Amendment rights, and I was extremely disappointed to be met with violence and escalation at the hands of the Phoenix Police Department.