Criminal Justice & Policing

Mesa Mayor Giles: Congress should pass universal background checks

Mesa Mayor John Giles said he has spoken to friends, neighbors and strangers – including many conservatives – who he said support universal background checks on gun purchases, particularly after a string of mass shootings last month.

DPS told faulty gun manufacturer to preserve evidence

Ten days after a shooting at a Benson hospital led the Arizona Department of Public Safety to find a flaw in their duty pistols, the agency’s top lawyer sent a letter to the firearm manufacturer demanding that they “preserve evidence.”

Guv’s child sex abuse task force has first meeting

A task force created by Gov. Doug Ducey that aims to look into cases of childhood sexual abuse and help guide lawmakers on possible changes to state laws involving victims in Arizona had its first meeting Thursday afternoon.

Bill Montgomery sworn in during private ceremony

Former Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery was sworn in to the Arizona Supreme Court late Friday morning in a private and secretive ceremony.

A dozen Valley police agencies have access to people’s ‘smart’ doorbell videos

A recent report by The Washington Post detailed the extent to which doorbell security company Ring has partnered with local law enforcement across the country, including in Arizona.

How a 19-year-old Phoenix native is making Phoenix discuss facial recognition tech

Eric Brock Jr. has worked for Treasurer Kimberley Yee, Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, Congressman David Schweikert and started the first African American student association at his old high school. Now, at the age of 19, he is taking on how the City of Phoenix uses facial recognition technology.

Ducey finishing interviews for Supreme Court vacancy

Gov. Doug Ducey said he plans to finish interviewing candidates for the Arizona Supreme Court on Friday, and that he’ll appoint a new justice “sometime soon thereafter.”

Trans woman faces deportation after she stood on Phoenix light rail platform without a ticket

A minor infraction of Valley Metro’s code of conduct quickly led Naomi Ramirez Rosales to an immigration detention center, where she now faces deportation to Mexico.

Judge dismisses ethics charge alleging improper Martinez communications with ex-juror

In addition to the sexual harassment allegations that the judge in his ethics case dismissed on Friday, prosecutor Juan Martinez also won’t have to face a separate charge related to improper communications with a dismissed juror during the blockbuster Jodi Arias murder trial.

MCSO has been creating marijuana extracts for at least 4 years

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has quietly been creating marijuana extracts to train officers and help prosecutors quietly for the past four years.
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