Criminal Justice & Policing

Immigration rally and arrests lead to criticism of Phoenix police handling of protests

“Close the camps! Free the children!” they chanted throughout the night.

Where’s the transparency on Tempe’s license plate reader program?

Imagine my surprise when I found out my license plate was in the massive secret database used by the Tempe police. It was a couple of years ago when my truck was photographed in my...

ADOT limits fed access to Arizona driver’s license photos

Recent reports by the New York Times and the Washington Post of documents obtained by the Georgetown Center on Privacy and Technology laid bare how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses statewide driver’s license...

Arizona police agencies gather & share license plate data, but few ensure rules are being followed

Every shift in Chandler, police officers in cars equipped with special cameras can be seen driving up and down every street in a neighborhood, gathering data on every vehicle in the area. The cameras, known...

How do automated license plate readers work?

Automated license plate readers are high-speed cameras that take photographs of license plate numbers, capturing their geolocation along with the time and date. These cameras can be stationary, in which case they’re often attached to fixed locations such as exit ramps, telephone poles, traffic lights – or, in the case of Paradise Valley, fake roadside cacti.

Phoenix Police dispatchers field abusive, threatening calls after viral video shows officers pointing guns at black family

After a video showing Phoenix police officers holding a woman with her toddler child at gunpoint for an alleged shoplifting incident went viral in June and made national headlines, Phoenix Police Department dispatchers began receiving calls from across the country in which people threatened the officers in the video, other Phoenix officers, the dispatchers themselves and their families.

Independence Day marred in Arizona by incarceration crisis

With an imprisonment rate that’s the fifth-highest in the nation, we separate more fathers from their children than most other states proportionately. Nearly one in ten Arizona children has a parent who is either currently or formerly incarcerated.

Stanton defends vote on border funding bill, amid protests to close migrant ‘concentration camps’

Outraged by images of migrant families sleeping on concrete floors and testimony of children detained by U.S. officials, about 50 people gathered Tuesday afternoon in front of Democratic U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton’s office in Phoenix to demand he take a bolder stance on border and immigration issues.

Phoenix groups denounce border and immigration detention conditions

Many demonstrators said the border and immigration detention conditions amount to human rights violations. They worried about the impact of the trauma adults and children experience.

Phoenix examining new system to track police conduct, mulls citizen oversight panel

Phoenix will take steps to collect and analyze data on police performance, the City Council decided Tuesday. It also is considering a survey to measure community attitudes toward police and a civilian oversight board as it works to bolster public accountability.