New laws take the ‘civilian’ out of civilian review boards overseeing police
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.
Bill would mandate redactions on body camera footage
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 […]
GOP proposal would criminalize ‘intimidating’ police, first responders
A Republican lawmaker wants to make it a felony to intimate police, firefighters or other first responders because they are members of the law enforcement community, which critics say is an attempt to criminalize protests against police violence like those seen across Arizona last summer.
First Amendment concerns raised over bill to criminalize social media harassment
Civil libertarians say a push by a top Republican lawmaker to rein in online harassment is so broad that it would curb online political speech, and could even criminalize tweets by President Donald Trump.
Bill could make it harder to enroll children in public schools, critics say
A House bill from a Yuma Republican would require parents, guardians or caregivers to provide proof of legal custody when enrolling their children in school, a measure that a civil rights group said could infringe on a student’s right to a public elementary and secondary education.