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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.

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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.

GOP proposal would criminalize ‘intimidating’ police, first responders

BY: - January 15, 2021

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

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.

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‘Brutal’ COVID-19 numbers mean more shut-downs, delay in school year

BY: - June 29, 2020

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.

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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.

Trump protest turns violent when Phoenix PD fires flash-bangs, pepper balls

BY: - June 23, 2020

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. 

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Sinema opposes movement to ‘defund the police’

BY: - June 22, 2020

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema opposes proposals to defund police departments, according to her office.

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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.