Investigations

A black mother called 911 for her son’s mental health crisis. Tempe PD brought rifles, a riot shield and a K-9.

BY: - June 5, 2020

Adrienne Bryant had called 911 for a mental health crisis with her son before, so in January, when she had to call the Tempe Police again, she wasn't prepared for the response: officers in riot gear, a K9 unit and rifles aimed at her front door.

Barely 10% of pandemic rental aid has been given out in two months

BY: - May 20, 2020

More than 11,000 Arizona renters have sought emergency rental aid during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the state has given money to fewer than 550 people, and spent barely 10% of the $5 million set aside to help renters avoid eviction. 

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Tempe blurs all police body camera footage public records requests

BY: - March 20, 2020

The Tempe Police Department’s policy for releasing body worn camera footage dictates that all videos will be entirely blurred by default, something that open-government advocates say violates Arizona’s public records law. 

Homeland Secrets: Shootings by HSI agents get little scrutiny

BY: , , , and - February 25, 2020

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 for cover as rounds ripped through metal and cut into picnic tables. One woman hit her bedroom floor and called […]

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‘Sanctuary cities’ amendment would force police to do immigration enforcement, experts say

BY: - February 19, 2020

Republican proposals to amend the state constitution to ban sanctuary jurisdictions would in essence force local law enforcement agencies to take direction from federal immigration officials to identify and detain people, according to local immigration experts.

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Extremist group Patriot Movement AZ agrees to settle federal lawsuit with Valley churches

BY: - January 21, 2020

Members of the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ have reached an agreement in a federal lawsuit brought by small Hispanic churches who sued them for disrupting their work of welcoming migrant families.

COMMENTARY

A Latino in the White House? Not yet, but why not?

BY: - January 9, 2020

It took 220 years for us to elect our first African American president. Looks like it’ll take a bit longer before we elect our first Latino. When news broke last week that Julian Castro had dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination, I wasn’t terribly surprised.

Who has spent the most on Arizona Snapchat political ads?

BY: - October 9, 2019

Special-interest groups have spent more than $67,000 since 2018 to reach some 25 million Arizonans on the social media app Snapchat, according to new data released by the company. 

DPS told faulty gun manufacturer to preserve evidence

BY: - September 9, 2019

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.” 

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Driverless semis in Arizona navigate open roads, vague statutes, tumultuous industry

BY: - September 4, 2019

Self-driving commercial trucks face a host of challenges, but the industry isn't going anywhere -- in Arizona or nationwide.

Taking stock: APS’s election spending meant millions for its CEO

BY: and - September 3, 2019

Don Brandt, the CEO of both APS and Pinnacle West, reaped massive personal profits after APS spent $16 million to elect regulators in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

Couple is suing infamous Tempe landlord for RICO

BY: - June 17, 2019

Infamous Tempe landlord Timothy Wright has found himself the subject of a racketeering and fraud lawsuit brought by two wealthy Paradise Valley residents who had been his tenants.