Criminal Justice & Policing

Anger at police violence spawns protests, curfew and arrests

Two black men who died on May 25 after encounters with law enforcement in separate incidents in Arizona and Minnesota motivated hundreds to demonstrate against police violence over the weekend in Phoenix. 

Police in rural communities say they won’t enforce Ducey’s curfew

The curfew that Gov. Doug Ducey imposed in response to looting in Scottsdale on Saturday night won’t be quite as statewide as he intended, with at least two rural police departments announcing that they won’t enforce it.

Ducey orders statewide curfew to end protests after Scottsdale looting

After a night of looting in Scottsdale and protests in downtown Phoenix and Tucson, Gov. Doug Ducey imposed a statewide curfew that will be in effect for the next week.

Senate Dems statement quotes convicted cop killer, wanted terrorist

A press statement issued by Senate Democrats about a Minneapolis police officer’s killing of an unarmed black man quoted Assata Shakur, a convicted cop-killer and fugitive who is still wanted by the FBI for murder and domestic terrorism.

Asset forfeiture reform bill falls victim to COVID-shortened session

In a normal legislative session, lawmakers, prosecutors and interest groups would have had some time to hash out their differences on civil asset forfeiture, possibly paving the way for the passage of a reform that advocates have sought for years.

Arizona AG sues Google for consumer fraud over cell phone tracking

In a heavily redacted court filing Wednesday, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich claimed that Google has violated Arizona’s Consumer Fraud Act in the way it gathers location data, and he is asking the tech giant to pay millions of dollars in fines and restitution.

Ballot initiatives scale up for post-lockdown push to gather signatures

Since ending a brief hiatus caused by the coronavirus outbreak, three ballot initiative campaigns have ramped up their hiring of petition circulators over the past several weeks in preparation for their final drive for the November ballot.

Former Sen. DeConcini: Senate intelligence chairman scandal ‘quite disturbing’

WASHINGTON — Former Arizona U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini said he is stunned that federal agents seized the cellphone of Senate Intelligence Committee Richard Burr (R-N.C.) as part of an insider trading probe.

U.S. Supreme Court tosses gun case as Kavanaugh urges future debate

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday avoided issuing a landmark Second Amendment ruling in a closely watched gun rights case, but set the stage for future legal battles. A divided court ruled that a challenge...

As COVID-19 spreads in the state, it also spreads inside prison walls

Three Arizona correctional facilities all have high ratings for lack of access to health care and advocacy groups in the state are concerned the situation will worsen during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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