Criminal Justice & Policing

McSally open but noncommittal on gun legislation

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally will soon be a central player in the congressional debate over gun control legislation. The freshman Republican, who was appointed to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain and...

Dispatchers in Phoenix seek PTSD help, first responder status

Emergency service dispatchers in Phoenix are gearing up for a meeting with city officials in an attempt to shore up emergency funding for staff, new systems and therapy resources as nationally, dispatchers are awaiting a decision in Washington D.C. that could impact how they are classified.

Committee to study murders of Native women and girls to begin its work soon

Gov. Doug Ducey, lawmakers and advocates gathered on the third floor of the historic state Capitol building Tuesday morning for a ceremonial signing of a bill that creates a study committee to examine the issue of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls.

Ducey says report on faulty prison locks coming soon

Two former Arizona Supreme Court chief justices have finished their investigation into faulty cell door locks at the Lewis prison, and that report will soon be made public, according to Gov. Doug Ducey.

Campaign to legalize recreational pot in Arizona launches for 2020 ballot

The campaign to legalize recreational marijuana use in Arizona officially kicked off, with a number of changes aimed at alleviating the concerns that helped sink a similar effort in 2016.

Sentencing reform committee begins work on new legislation

A committee aimed at reforming Arizona’s strict criminal sentencing requirements held the inaugural meeting of what it intends to be a months-long process that will culminate with proposed legislation for the upcoming session.

Assault of police officers charges dropped for protester

County prosecutors didn’t follow the recommendation of the Phoenix Police Department to charge Jamaar Williams, who was among the 16 people arrested on July 12 during an immigration protest in downtown Phoenix, with assault of police officers.

Montgomery, six others named finalists for Supreme Court vacancy

Just four months after he was rejected as an applicant for the Arizona Supreme Court, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is on the list of contenders for a seat on the high court, part of an unusually large list of finalists that Gov. Doug Ducey will choose from.

Judicial screening commissioner: Identity politics fuels critics of ‘white, Christian, cisgendered’ Montgomery

One of the newest members of the commission that vets Arizona Supreme Court candidates said that she believes much of the opposition to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s candidacy is due to the fact he’s a “conservative, white, Christian, cisgendered, heterosexual male.”

Man tackled by police during ICE protest seeks lawsuit: ‘My arrest is illegal’

Jorge Soria believes police racially profiled him, and Phil Martinez claimed police targeted him. “I know it was not a coincidence that both Phil and I are Latinos,” he said.
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