Criminal Justice & Policing

New law could keep police officers off Arizona’s ‘Brady list’

Police officers accused of misconduct will have a chance to appeal before they’re put on a “bad cops” list, under a new state law signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.  The bill signed by Ducey requires...

Ducey signs bill requiring conviction before assets are seized

Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies will no longer be permitted to permanently seize people’s property for alleged criminal wrongdoing without actually convicting them of a crime after Gov. Doug Ducey signed a landmark bill...

Former Santa Cruz sheriff referred for criminal charges for misusing public funds, forgery

Former Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada and one of his captains might face criminal charges for misusing public money and ordering sheriff’s office employees to forge timesheets so they could claim pay for unworked overtime over the course of two decades.

This time, at least, the system got it right

It was the only logical and moral conclusion, and still it seemed almost unimaginable.

Derek Chauvin found guilty on 3 charges in murder of George Floyd

The jury has spoken, and found Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd. The former Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd, who was handcuffed and face down on the pavement, for more than 9 minutes at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue last May. 

The Derek Chauvin trial looks like David v. Goliath, but it’s not

On the ninth day of testimony during one of the most significant police brutality cases in U.S. history, Derek Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson began to lose his voice.

Derek Chauvin won’t testify in his own defense; closing arguments Monday

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin opted not to take the stand Thursday in the last day of testimony during his murder trial. 

Defense pathologist says manner of George Floyd’s death ‘undetermined’

Testimony in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial is nearing the end. Jurors heard from a Maryland forensic pathologist Wednesday who said George Floyd died of sudden cardiac arrest due to heart disease while being restrained by three Minneapolis police officers. 

Derek Chauvin trial: Defense begins presenting case Tuesday

After 11 days of testimony, the prosecution is wrapping up its case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. 

Jerome Film Festival founders said they didn’t know about Jan. 6 violence. New video says otherwise.

The Jerome Film Festival is facing calls for boycotts after its founder and her fiancé attended the “Stop the Steal” rally and marched to the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, and newly discovered video casts doubt on their protestations that they were unaware of the day’s violence.
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