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Arizona Hate Crimes Hit Their Highest Level Since 9/11—and It’s Likely an Undercount

Fewer police departments sent data on hate crimes to the FBI, or reported zero, leading many to believe that the 2020 numbers are not a complete picture.

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Meet the Director of the New Phoenix Police Oversight Office

The first director of a new city office overseeing complaints filed against the Phoenix Police Department is on the job.

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Phoenix Police Controversies May Have Sparked DOJ Probe Into the Department

The Justice Department will look into whether Phoenix police officers have used excessive force, abused people with disabilities, and engaged in other misconduct.

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All 4 of Arizona’s GOP Lawmakers Voted Against Investigating the Capitol Insurrection

“If all of us don’t stand up to traitors and cowards in defense of our Constitution, it will happen again.” The House voted Wednesday to create a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, despite the opposition of 175 Republicans, including all four from Arizona. The 252-175 vote included 35 Republicans...

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Only 3% of Incarcerated Arizonans Were Able to Vote in 2020—Even Though Most Were Eligible

Advocates say that this is a prime example of voter suppression. Less than 3% of eligible individuals held in an Arizona county jail voted in the 2020 election, according to a new report. Voting and equity advocates say this is due to counties failing to provide the necessary resources to those in custody, despite the...

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Arizona’s Judges Are Overwhelmingly White Men. What Does That Mean for Defendants?

The Arizona Advocacy Foundation report shows Arizona judges don’t represent those they serve. A new report shows that Arizona’s judges are overwhelmingly white men—a vast overrepresentation compared to the state’s increasingly diverse population. Approximately 91% of judges are white, and 66% are men, according to the 2021 report from the Arizona Advocacy Foundation.  Only six...

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Arizona Lawmakers, Residents, and Even Mark Ruffalo Pressure Maricopa County Attorney Over Black Lives Matter Arrests

Arizona lawmakers and residents are demanding that charges be dropped against protesters arrested during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations.