Criminal Justice & Policing

Migrant detention center operators defend response to COVID-19 in facilities

The head of the private company that runs a migrant detention center in Eloy told a House panel Monday he is “immensely proud” of its operations, even as lawmakers questioned its response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Case dismissed against Winslow store owner

The owner of a Native American jewelry store in Winslow who was cited for allegedly violating Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order shuttering nonessential businesses during the early days of the COVID-19 crisis won his...

COVID-19 outbreaks in AZ child detention centers worry advocates

As COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations continue to reach record levels in Arizona, some advocates worry that children in detention and rehabilitation centers are at risk and in the blind spot of public health agencies that are grappling with a furious spread of the illness in the broader community.

Study: Body cameras didn’t reduce use of force for Tempe patrol officers

A study of the Tempe Police Department found that body-worn cameras did not decrease the use of force among regular patrol officers, but did have an effect among the agency’s specialized units. 

Family, former detainee say fumes at Eloy ICE facility is ‘poisoning’ women

Yanely Fernandez recalled the June night when her cellmate Yarjelis Chiquinquirá Madueño Dávila passed out in her arms.

Citizen initiatives file petitions with signatures to spare

Four ballot measures submitted their petitions by the deadline Thursday, and the campaigns say they are confident they have enough signatures to fend off any potential legal challenges aimed at keeping them off the...

Fort Huachuca Police body cam footage easily accessible after an eBay purchase

A security researcher was able to access files on a Axon body-worn camera he purchased from eBay that had video files of Fort Huachuca Military Police officers conducting investigations and filling out paperwork.  

ICE terminates cases for two DACA youth arrested without probable cause

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has terminated the immigration cases for Máxima Guerrero and Roberto Cortes, who were arrested by the Phoenix Police Department following a May 30 protest and placed in immigration proceedings when federal agents detained them at a local jail. 

What we know about police drones in Arizona and how they’re used

The Tempe Police Department recently released video from its DJI Phantom Pro 4 drone that it used to surveil protesters over the weekend, but the agency isn’t the only law enforcement in the state with the technology. 

Tempe PD pepper sprayed demonstrators at Saturday ‘chalk walk’ protest

A creative protest supporting the Black Lives Matters movement at Tempe Marketplace Saturday went from chalk art to chaos when Tempe police officers tackled three people to the ground and arrested them, while other officers used pepper spray on protesters who were obeying police commands to back up.
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