Civil Rights

No charges for trooper in Dion Johnson’s death, family will file civil suit

It was a day Erma Johnson had been dreading would arrive, the day when no criminal charges in the homicide case involving her son and an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper will be...

Trump campaign aims to win Latino support in Arizona

As his campaign has expanded operations in Arizona to reach Latino voters, President Donald Trump held a “Latinos for Trump” panel and rally in Phoenix on Monday where business owners and elected officials spoke about their immigration stories and thanked Trump for his policies around taxes and international trade agreements.

Arizona National Guard troops deploying to Jacob Blake protests in Wisconsin

Arizona is sending National Guard troops to Wisconsin to help restore order after several nights of protests, riots and shootings that left two protesters dead following the shooting of a Black man by a police officer in the city of Kenosha.

Jerry Sheridan hopes to convince Maricopa County voters he’s not Joe Arpaio

Jerry Sheridan, the Republican vying to take back the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office,  minimized the scope of the seminal racial profiling case and its reforms that if elected he will be in charge of...

Arizona National Guard used surveillance plane to deter protests

The Arizona Air National Guard flew a surveillance airplane over Black Lives Matter protests in June to aid Phoenix police in deterring peaceful demonstrations, according to a report by the U.S. Air Force’s inspector general.

Experts: Latino youth ‘invisible’ in juvenile justice data

Today, the Latino and Hispanic population is the largest ethnic or racial minority group in the country, according to the U.S. Census. Yet, experts say their presence in the juvenile justice system is severely underreported.

Portland solidarity protesters strike defiant anti-police tone

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.

Republican JP candidate: Blacks ‘blame slavery’ for problems they caused

In response to an Instagram post showing support for Black Lives Matter demonstrators, a GOP justice of the peace candidate wrote that it was “time to start putting these idiots in their place.”

Teachers, parents beg Ducey to delay opening schools and provide full funding

Maybely Muñoz is not typically outspoken. She described herself as an introvert. But on Tuesday morning, the public elementary school teacher was at the Arizona Capitol and had strong words for Gov. Doug Ducey

MCAO data dashboard praised as ‘first step,’ but advocates want more info

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is now making a plethora of information available online about the cases it prosecutes, helping to bring Arizona’s most populous county and largest prosecutorial agency in line with a longtime objective of the criminal justice reform movement.
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