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Civil Rights Investigation into Phoenix Police Launched

The Justice Department launches a civil rights investigation into the Phoenix police department The Justice Department announced a civil rights investigation on Aug. 5 into the Phoenix police department to investigate its use of force and policies on dealing with homeless residents.  This is the third federal probe into local law enforcement under the Biden …

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Sting Gone Wrong Takes Down Top Arizona Liquor Cops

An undercover sting led to the resignation of three Arizona Liquor Department employees.  What was supposed to be a simple undercover sting to figure out if a strip club was following covid protocols in Oct. 2020, led to the resignation of a top detective and two senior administrators at the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses …

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Task Force to Start Working in Cities Around the US to Stop Illegal Gun Trafficking

Justice Department implements new plan to help curb illegal gun sales across the US.  The US Justice Department has put a new plan in place to reduce violent crime across US cities. Five federal strike teams will start working with local police in some of the most populous cities with the goal of stopping illegal …

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New Wording on a Budget Bill Could Allow DPS to Deny Requests for Body Cam Footage

“Eleventh-hour language” was recently added to a budget bill on the eve of the anniversary of George Floyd’s and Dion Johnson’s deaths. This would potentially give DPS (Department of Public Safety) more leverage on denying public record requests for bodycam footage on state troopers. There is worry from legal advocates and media organizations that the …

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Arizona Police Departments Enlist Brady List Officers

ABC 15 goes investigates AZ police departments with Brady List officers and the damage they have done. Since the 1963 Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland, police departments have been required to publicly disclose any misconduct performed by of their officers. These disclosed lists been been called “Brady Lists” and are usually created by each …

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AZ Ballot Proposal Could Mean Big Changes in Criminal Sentencing

AZ Ballot Proposal Could Mean Big Changes in Criminal Sentencing

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A potential Arizona ballot measure would allow leniency for judges when sentencing a defendant.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]A ballot measure that could reverse a 1970’s era Arizona state law is creating quite the buzz. Why is it so important? It would give judges the ability to cut the length of a sentence below the minimum sentence for any non-violent …

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ACLU Suing Maricopa County Sheriff Over Coronavirus in Jails

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The ACLU is suing the Maricopa County Sheriff over the lack of safety precautions in jails against SARS-CoV-2.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Since May 29th, confirmed cases of COVID have increased 5,000% in Maricopa County jails. This is clearly due to the lack of safety precautions being taken by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. The ACLU is suing the county …

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Arizona’s Attorney General Comes Out in Support of Police Reform

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Following the murder of George Floyd by police officers, Arizona’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich has come out publicly as supporting legislation for police reform.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Criminal justice reform is being advocated for around the country. Arizona’s highest ranking law official, Attorney General Mark Brnovich, has come out in a public letter calling for legislation to be made …

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Protests and Riots Sweep the Country After Death of George Floyd

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Protests after the murder of George Floyd by a police officer have erupted across the country, along with riots and violence.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Over Memorial Day Weekend in Minneapolis, an officer kneeled on a man’s neck while being detained. This unnecessary and disturbing action caused the death of the man, George Floyd. Protests against the officers involved and …

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Maricopa County’s Diversion Program Eliminates Participation Fee

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Maricopa County aims to keep nonviolent first-time offenders out of prison with waiving their diversion program’s entry fee[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]In the past, if you were a first time offender with a drug-related or non-violent crime, you could get out of prison time (depending on your case) by taking an expensive diversion program. The entry fee for one …

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