Civil Rights

What to the slave is the Fourth of July?

Editor’s note: In February 2017, while marking African American History Month, President Donald Trump praised Frederick Douglass as “an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more.”...

ICE terminates cases for two DACA youth arrested without probable cause

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has terminated the immigration cases for Máxima Guerrero and Roberto Cortes, who were arrested by the Phoenix Police Department following a May 30 protest and placed in immigration proceedings when federal agents detained them at a local jail. 

Commitments to racial equity ring hollow when you endorse bigots

I believe many businesses and organizations will follow through on their promises, I also believe some are co-opting the moment in an attempt to garner positive PR while making little to no effort to change past discriminatory behaviors or policies.  

Tempe PD pepper sprayed demonstrators at Saturday ‘chalk walk’ protest

A creative protest supporting the Black Lives Matters movement at Tempe Marketplace Saturday went from chalk art to chaos when Tempe police officers tackled three people to the ground and arrested them, while other officers used pepper spray on protesters who were obeying police commands to back up.

Videos show moments before Phoenix PD dispersed peaceful anti-Trump protest

New videos show the tense moments between police in riot gear and protesters gathered on a crowded sidewalk that led the Phoenix Police Department to fire pepper balls and flash-bang devices on peaceful demonstrators to clear the road in preparation for a President Donald Trump motorcade leaving a campaign event in north Phoenix on Tuesday.

Democrats block ‘weak’ GOP police reform bill, Arizona senators split

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats blocked a GOP police reform bill Wednesday because they said it fails to adequately respond to police brutality against people of color. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sought to clear...

Trump protest turns violent when Phoenix PD fires flash-bangs, pepper balls

A peaceful protest of President Donald Trump outside of Dream City Church ended quickly Tuesday afternoon as the president spoke to some 3,000 attendees when Phoenix police officers fired flash-bang grenades, pepper balls and pepper spray into the crowd of more than 200 people, declaring it unlawful. 

Sinema opposes movement to ‘defund the police’

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema opposes proposals to defund police departments, according to her office.

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

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...

Arizona’s first Capitol monument was to Confederate troops. Why?

The Arizona Department of Administration is looking into what kind of process may be needed to remove a monument to Confederate soldiers at the state Capitol, but state law leaves the decision up to the agency’s director, and, by inference, his boss, Gov. Doug Ducey.
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