Civil Rights

Bars remain crowded, despite curfew and COVID-19 restrictions

By the time the 8 p.m. curfew went into effect, the streets of downtown Phoenix just had a few people walking to their cars, carrying signs.  But on Mill Avenue in Tempe, the scene looked different.

Black mothers: Action needed to keep our children alive

The 100 or so people who gathered in Eastlake Park near downtown Phoenix early Saturday evening heard one message over and over: Black lives matter to Black mothers. 

COVID-19 is a health crisis. So is wearing a pandemic mask while black.

It is terrifying to be a Black boy and man in America. During the global pandemic, as a Black man trying to protect himself, a mask on my face adds to the fear, despite our leaders’ cognitive dissonance.

A black mother called 911 for her son’s mental health crisis. Tempe PD brought rifles, a riot shield and...

Adrienne Bryant had called 911 for a mental health crisis with her son before, so in January, when she had to call the Tempe Police again, she wasn't prepared for the response: officers in riot gear, a K9 unit and rifles aimed at her front door.

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.

Criminal justice reform group cuts ties with GOP lawmaker over George Floyd comments

A leading advocacy group for broad criminal justice reform in Arizona has cut ties with one of its closest Republican legislative allies after her gave a radio interview disparaging as terrorists the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators across the country who have marched to protest police violence in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the knee of a white police officer.

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. 

Extremist says she used ‘bear spray’ on a protester, threatens to ‘start shooting’

Right-wing provocateur and Republican Party precinct committeewoman Jennifer Harrison said she used “bear spray” on a protester in Phoenix during a confrontation

Militarizing the police sets up protesters as ‘the enemy,’ increases violence

The unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd after being pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer has left parts of U.S. cities looking like a battle zone.
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