Critics of a bill that would allow cities to charge for public records requests of police recordings—which is currently free to the public—could have a chilling effect on police transparency and accountability.
If Senate Bill 1047 becomes law, Arizona law enforcement could arrest anyone within 20 feet of them if they believe “a crime has possibly occurred.”
The first director of a new city office overseeing complaints filed against the Phoenix Police Department is on the job.
The Justice Department will look into whether Phoenix police officers have used excessive force, abused people with disabilities, and engaged in other misconduct.
Jamaar Williams of BLM Metro Phoenix said defunding and disbanding police departments is neither radical nor unrealistic.
Affordable housing, unemployment, mental health, and education are some of the areas that could benefit from additional funding.
Phoenix officials approved a city budget in June that left police funds intact but allocated $3 million for a civilian review system.
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