Criminal Justice & Policing

Dreamer sues Paul Penzone for holding her longer in jail to allow ICE to arrest her

BY: - June 4, 2021

Sheriff Paul Penzone delayed the release of Máxima Guerrero from the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail last year to accommodate a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrest, in contradiction with Penzone’s stated practice and in violation of Guerrero’s constitutional rights, according to a federal lawsuit she filed Monday.

Uber, DoorDash settle state claim, end breaks for Black businesses

BY: - June 3, 2021

Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash said they will no longer waive delivery fees for customers who order from Black-owned restaurants in Arizona, to settle charges by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich that the deals violated the state's Civil Rights Act.

Corrections department will allow visitation for vaccinated inmates

BY: - May 27, 2021

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, prison inmates in Arizona will be able to receive visitors, though only if they’re vaccinated and haven’t had any disciplinary issues. 

DPS troopers could get body cams, along with restrictions to block release of their footage

BY: - May 25, 2021

Republican lawmakers are poised to give the Arizona Department of Public Safety money to equip all state troopers with body-worn cameras — but along with the money comes severe restrictions on the public’s ability to ever see what those cameras capture.


The closing act of George Floyd’s story hasn’t been written yet

BY: - May 25, 2021

I’d like to believe that the Black Lives Matter marches against police brutality that erupted a year ago in the U.S. and around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer were the first act of that show.

Tempe black lives matter protest defund the police

The GOP agenda: Reward the wealthy and defund the police

BY: - May 19, 2021

Remember when Republicans were up in arms over the “defund the police” movement?

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

BY: - May 12, 2021

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 that a prosecuting agency send a notice to any law enforcement officer at least 10 days before they consider placing […]

Ducey signs bill requiring conviction before assets are seized

BY: - May 6, 2021

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 reforming Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture laws. By signing House Bill 2810 on Wednesday, Ducey helped property rights advocates achieve a long-term […]

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

BY: - May 3, 2021

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.

derek chauvin kneeling on george floyd

This time, at least, the system got it right

BY: - April 20, 2021

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

BY: , , and - April 20, 2021

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. 

Derek Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson

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

BY: - April 19, 2021

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.