Public Safety

Senator cites conspiracy theory in opposing child safety bill

BY: - February 27, 2020

A Mesa Republican cited an unfounded conspiracy theory that “sexual predators” are stealing children from the Arizona Department of Child Safety as a reason for his opposition to a proposal that would mandate schools post information on child abuse and neglect. 

Gun-control groups launch campaign against McSally

BY: - February 26, 2020

The gun-control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety is spending $43,000 on Facebook and newspaper ads targeting GOP Sen. Martha McSally over gun control measures, specifically one bill that has been languishing in the Senate for a year. 

Phoenix city council may vote today on police civilian review board

BY: - February 25, 2020

After months of talks, Phoenix city council members on Tuesday will discuss whether to implement a civilian review board – and what powers such a board might have – to oversee a Phoenix Police Department that has been dogged with complaints of excessive force in recent years. 

Trump rally tallies: President has unpaid bills for Arizona events

BY: - February 20, 2020

President Donald Trump brought thousands out to his rally Wednesday at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. What he likely did not bring was $145,000 to reimburse local governments for costs from previous rallies in Arizona.

Bill would make governments liable for ‘gun-free zone’ shootings

BY: - February 14, 2020

State law bars people from carrying guns in most government buildings, but Republicans on a Senate panel Thursday backed a proposal that would allow people to sue the government for damages if a shooting occurs in a “gun-free zone.”

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Ducey flip-flops on red flag laws, says they won’t happen on his watch

BY: - February 13, 2020

Gov. Doug Ducey has reversed his position on so-called “red flag laws” that have been a core piece of his public safety agenda since 2018, telling a crowd in Lake Havasu City on Thursday that such laws won’t be enacted while he is governor. “As long as I am governor, there will be no red […]

Community outcry after no charges against officer who shot, killed teenager

BY: - February 10, 2020

Nearly 13 months after a Tempe police officer shot and killed 14-year-old Antonio Arce as he was running away from him, his family and community advocates are trying to understand how justice can be served, now that prosecutors have said they won’t charge the officer.

State of disunion: Arizona lawmakers react to Trump speech at tense time

BY: and - February 5, 2020

Arizona Republicans said they left the address feeling empowered, while the state’s Democratic lawmakers used terms like “eerie” and “bizarre” to describe the version of America painted by Trump.

Firefighter cancer bill clears committee after tearful testimony

BY: - February 4, 2020

After an hourslong debate that included tearful testimony from firefighters and their loved ones, a bill that would require local governments to cover the health care costs of firefighters who develop cancer cleared another hurdle Tuesday afternoon and is now ready to be considered by the full Arizona Senate. 

Native American women are missing and murdered. Will the federal government act?

BY: - January 31, 2020

Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was 22, eight months pregnant, and looking forward to her baby shower the following day when she went missing on a sunny August afternoon in 2017. She had gone to a neighbor’s apartment in Fargo, N.D., where she had been asked to help with a sewing project.  She never came home. 

COMMENTARY

A win-win for activists and Phoenix police? Yup, it’s possible

BY: - January 30, 2020

There are some Phoenix activists who believe the city’s police department has a systemic problem with police brutality. Others believe the problems are inconsequential, and the activists are part of a larger effort to wage a war on cops. 

Ducey’s $12.3B budget seeks new K-12, public safety spending

BY: and - January 17, 2020

In the face of a nearly billion-dollar budget surplus, spending on Arizona students would return to 2001 levels in the coming year under the budget proposal that Gov. Doug Ducey released Friday, with projections to exceed the high-water mark of 2008 next year, when inflation is taken into account.