Criminal Justice & Policing

Ducey on sanctuary cities: We’ve done ‘all we’re going to do’

Gov. Doug Ducey signaled Monday he doesn’t support a bill that defines sanctuary cities in state law, requires compliance with immigration detainers and would allow crime victims to sue local governments that don’t comply with state immigration enforcement laws. 

Finding justice requires leadership at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office

As a mother of a child lost to senseless gun violence, Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel’s recent decision not to charge a Tempe police officer in the death of a teenager hits hard.

Senator cites conspiracy theory in opposing child safety bill

A Mesa Republican cited an unfounded conspiracy theory that “sexual predators” are stealing children from the Arizona Department of Child Safety as a reason for his opposition to a proposal that would mandate schools post information on child abuse and neglect. 

AZ Atomwaffen member arrested for threatening Jewish and black journalists

An Arizona man was among four members of the Neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen arrested Feb. 24 by the FBI for allegedly gluing a threatening poster to a Jewish journalist’s window earlier this year. 

House Republicans pass ‘voter fraud hotline’ measure

Arizona Republicans banded together Wednesday to narrowly approve a bill to create a “voter fraud hotline” at the state attorney general’s office, a move critics say will create fear among communities of new voters – particularly minorities – and seeks to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

House may vote soon on sanctuary cities bill that adds liability for ignoring ICE detainers

While immigrant-rights groups, state business leaders and non-profit organizations expect sanctuary city legislation they called “divisive and damaging” won’t advance after Gov. Doug Ducey backed down last week, a proposal allowing people to sue cities who don’t comply with requests from federal immigration officials is on track to be debated by the Arizona House of Representatives soon.  

Homeland Secrets: Shootings by HSI agents get little scrutiny

First came the crash, reverberating off the walls of the retirement community like a “mini atom bomb,” then a barrage of gunfire shattered the desert morning calm. Neighbors working in their garages and gardens scrambled...

Phoenix city council may vote today on police civilian review board

After months of talks, Phoenix city council members on Tuesday will discuss whether to implement a civilian review board – and what powers such a board might have – to oversee a Phoenix Police Department that has been dogged with complaints of excessive force in recent years. 

Brady List appeal bill clears House committee

A bill championed by the state’s largest police union that would allow officers to appeal being put on a list used by prosecutors to identify dishonest law enforcement agents is one step closer to becoming law, though without a controversial provision that sought to shroud the list in secrecy. 

SB1070 drove his family away. Now he’s fighting for other families.

When his bare feet touched the cold dirt floor marking the end of an 18-hour drive, the 9-year-old boy didn’t feel at home. Wrapped in a blanket, in the middle of the night, the boy stepped away from his dad’s parked truck.
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