Law & Government

Anger at police violence spawns protests, curfew and arrests

Two black men who died on May 25 after encounters with law enforcement in separate incidents in Arizona and Minnesota motivated hundreds to demonstrate against police violence over the weekend in Phoenix. 

Police in rural communities say they won’t enforce Ducey’s curfew

The curfew that Gov. Doug Ducey imposed in response to looting in Scottsdale on Saturday night won’t be quite as statewide as he intended, with at least two rural police departments announcing that they won’t enforce it.

Ducey orders statewide curfew to end protests after Scottsdale looting

After a night of looting in Scottsdale and protests in downtown Phoenix and Tucson, Gov. Doug Ducey imposed a statewide curfew that will be in effect for the next week.

Senate Dems statement quotes convicted cop killer, wanted terrorist

A press statement issued by Senate Democrats about a Minneapolis police officer’s killing of an unarmed black man quoted Assata Shakur, a convicted cop-killer and fugitive who is still wanted by the FBI for murder and domestic terrorism.

Asset forfeiture reform bill falls victim to COVID-shortened session

In a normal legislative session, lawmakers, prosecutors and interest groups would have had some time to hash out their differences on civil asset forfeiture, possibly paving the way for the passage of a reform that advocates have sought for years.

Schools cleared to open, along with summer camps and kids’ sports

Things won’t be quite like they were before the COVID-19 outbreak forced them to close their doors in March, but Arizona’s K-12 schools will once again be open to students when the upcoming school year begins in late July.

The interview with the president that I could only ever imagine

It’s the sort of interview I could only ever imagine.  I imagine I would have to put on a suit, which I hardly wear anymore. And I imagine I’d arrive at the White House gates donning an N95 mask emblazoned with the words, “Si se puede.” 

More than 740,000 jobless claims filed in Arizona since March

Some 87,000 new unemployment claims were filed in the week ending May 23, bringing the total number of jobless claims since the COVID-19 pandemic started to nearly 1.2 million.

Ducey allocates $441M in federal COVID-19 aid to local governments

Arizona’s smaller cities and counties will receive $441 million of the state’s share of funding from a federal coronavirus relief package.

Arizona AG sues Google for consumer fraud over cell phone tracking

In a heavily redacted court filing Wednesday, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich claimed that Google has violated Arizona’s Consumer Fraud Act in the way it gathers location data, and he is asking the tech giant to pay millions of dollars in fines and restitution.
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