Lawsuits mount against Phoenix, county for ‘outrageous’ criminal cases against protesters
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
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
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.
Political prosecutions could increase if harsh anti-First Amendment bill becomes law
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.
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.
Arizona National Guard used surveillance plane to deter protests
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.
‘Brutal’ COVID-19 numbers mean more shut-downs, delay in school year
As Arizona’s COVID-19 cases continue to climb, the state’s bars and nightclubs have once again been ordered closed, and Gov. Doug Ducey said the “brutal facts” mean that students won’t be returning to school until mid-August, at the earliest.
Tempe PD pepper sprayed demonstrators at Saturday ‘chalk walk’ protest
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
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.
Trump protest turns violent when Phoenix PD fires flash-bangs, pepper balls
A peaceful protest of President Donald Trump outside of Dream City Church ended quickly Tuesday afternoon as the president spoke to some 3,000 attendees when Phoenix police officers fired flash-bang grenades, pepper balls and pepper spray into the crowd of more than 200 people, declaring it unlawful.
Sinema opposes movement to ‘defund the police’
Democratic U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema opposes proposals to defund police departments, according to her office.
Calls for police accountability shouldn’t be met with police violence
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.