ACLU of Arizona

Groups call on border counties to reject Ducey’s call for outside law enforcement

BY: - July 29, 2021

A letter from community organizations is asking the Arizona Border Counties Coalition to reject the help from out-of-state law enforcement groups that Gov. Doug Ducey requested “urgently” go to the border with Mexico “in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity.” The organizations — the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, the Kino Border Initiative, […]

New laws take the ‘civilian’ out of civilian review boards overseeing police

BY: - July 6, 2021

Any plans to implement independent community oversight of Arizona police departments are effectively dead after Republican lawmakers passed laws aimed at excluding police critics and letting cops lead that oversight.

DPS: State trooper wrong to say he ‘smelled’ undocumented migrants

BY: - June 14, 2021

When the Arizona Department of Public Safety said it an April 16 press release that a trooper “observed 17 undocumented aliens” in a white van he had stopped on a highway, what was most notable to the state trooper was the stench of the men. 

Controversial definition of anti-Semitism set for full Senate vote

BY: - May 26, 2021

A bill requiring a controversial definition of anti-Semitism when teaching about the Holocaust in Arizona schools passed Tuesday as lawmakers consider a flurry of budget bills. 

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Tempe black lives matter protest

Political prosecutions could increase if harsh anti-First Amendment bill becomes law

BY: - February 9, 2021

If the bill passes, people making their voices heard with tactics from the Civil Rights era — like sit-ins, boycotts, and the March to Selma — could be charged with felonies that carry prison time.

Bill would mandate redactions on body camera footage

BY: - February 5, 2021

A legislative proposal that would require any police body camera footage have nearly all faces blurred before it is released to the public would defeat the purpose of the cameras, critics say.  The measure, House Bill 2152, would require that all police agencies redact faces or portions of people’s bodies if they are not the […]

Measure to let dishonest cops appeal placement on Brady List back again

BY: - February 3, 2021

A bill that would allow officers to appeal being placed on a list used by prosecutors that lets them know if an officer has been caught doing something dishonest is back for another try this legislative session, this time without a controversial measure that would have kept the list a secret. 

Jerry Sheridan hopes to convince Maricopa County voters he’s not Joe Arpaio

BY: - August 25, 2020

Jerry Sheridan, the Republican vying to take back the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office,  minimized the scope of the seminal racial profiling case and its reforms that if elected he will be in charge of upholding. Those views got him and his former boss, Joe Arpaio, held in contempt of court. “The judge got it wrong,” […]

MCAO data dashboard praised as ‘first step,’ but advocates want more info

BY: - July 15, 2020

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is now making a plethora of information available online about the cases it prosecutes, helping to bring Arizona’s most populous county and largest prosecutorial agency in line with a longtime objective of the criminal justice reform movement.

Family, former detainee say fumes at Eloy ICE facility is ‘poisoning’ women

BY: - July 3, 2020

Yanely Fernandez recalled the June night when her cellmate Yarjelis Chiquinquirá Madueño Dávila passed out in her arms.

Tempe protest PD pepper spray

Tempe PD pepper sprayed demonstrators at Saturday ‘chalk walk’ protest

BY: - June 28, 2020

A creative protest supporting the Black Lives Matters movement at Tempe Marketplace Saturday went from chalk art to chaos when Tempe police officers tackled three people to the ground and arrested them, while other officers used pepper spray on protesters who were obeying police commands to back up.

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Calls for police accountability shouldn’t be met with police violence

BY: - June 16, 2020

I attended the protests in Phoenix to ensure residents could freely use their First Amendment rights, and I was extremely disappointed to be met with violence and escalation at the hands of the Phoenix Police Department.