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Lawsuits mount against Phoenix, county for ‘outrageous’ criminal cases against protesters

BY: - July 20, 2021

A lawsuit claims the City of Phoenix, the Phoenix Police Department and leadership at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office conspired to falsely arrest and maliciously prosecute people who rallied last year to protest the deaths of George Floyd, Dion Johnson and other Black people.  The plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit include 20 people who were […]

Police critics arrested after 2019 immigration protest sue Phoenix, police

BY: - July 16, 2021

A man who Phoenix police arrested during an interview with the Arizona Mirror at a July 2019 protest and another bystander who police mistook for a right-wing agitator have filed a lawsuit against the City of Phoenix and several police officers.  

Class action lawsuit filed against City of Phoenix, police chief for mass arrests

BY: - June 10, 2021

Twenty three people who Phoenix police rounded up and arrested for unfounded felony rioting charges filed a federal class action lawsuit against the City of Phoenix, Police Chief Jeri Williams and three other employees of the Phoenix Police Department.

Dreamer sues Paul Penzone for holding her longer in jail to allow ICE to arrest her

BY: - June 4, 2021

Sheriff Paul Penzone delayed the release of Máxima Guerrero from the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail last year to accommodate a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrest, in contradiction with Penzone’s stated practice and in violation of Guerrero’s constitutional rights, according to a federal lawsuit she filed Monday.

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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.

‘They want to ruin us’: Activists say police, prosecutors use targeted arrests to chill protests

BY: - October 22, 2020

On the afternoon of Oct. 3, Lee Percy Christian III, a young Black activist who’s spent months protesting the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, was again speaking to a crowd of hundreds in downtown Phoenix. 

What we know about the National Guard plane that surveilled protests

BY: - August 25, 2020

The Arizona National Guard flew a surveillance aircraft over Black Lives Matter protests in June to assist the Phoenix Police Department, and a newly released Air Force inspector general’s report details some more information on the aircraft’s history and capabilities. 

Arizona National Guard used surveillance plane to deter protests

BY: - August 24, 2020

The Arizona Air National Guard flew a surveillance airplane over Black Lives Matter protests in June to aid Phoenix police in deterring peaceful demonstrations, according to a report by the U.S. Air Force’s inspector general.

Portland solidarity protesters strike defiant anti-police tone

BY: - July 27, 2020

A demonstration in solidarity with Portland protesters took a militant tone, as demonstrators arrived Saturday at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Phoenix wearing balaclavas and tactical vests, while others carried umbrellas or wore helmets.

ICE terminates cases for two DACA youth arrested without probable cause

BY: - July 1, 2020

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has terminated the immigration cases for Máxima Guerrero and Roberto Cortes, who were arrested by the Phoenix Police Department following a May 30 protest and placed in immigration proceedings when federal agents detained them at a local jail. 

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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.

Videos show moments before Phoenix PD dispersed peaceful anti-Trump protest

BY: - June 25, 2020

New videos show the tense moments between police in riot gear and protesters gathered on a crowded sidewalk that led the Phoenix Police Department to fire pepper balls and flash-bang devices on peaceful demonstrators to clear the road in preparation for a President Donald Trump motorcade leaving a campaign event in north Phoenix on Tuesday.