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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.

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No Charges for Officer Who Allegedly Threatened to Shoot Phoenix Mayor

A Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesperson said it “cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer’s statements constituted a ‘true threat.’ The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that it won’t file criminal charges against a Phoenix police officer who allegedly threatened to shoot the city’s mayor. Mayor Kate Gallego was given additional law...

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Seven Months After George Floyd’s Killing — Has Policing Really Changed in Arizona?

Maricopa County-area law enforcement have shot at more people in the months since Floyd's death than during the same time frame in previous years.

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Phoenix Police Say Officers Are Trained to Handle Mental Health Crises. Activists Say They Shouldn’t Be Involved at All.

A 2018 study on the Phoenix Police Department found that nearly 45% of respondents said officers only made the situation worse. Protesters over the summer called for defunding Phoenix police, motivated in part by a deep skepticism about officers’ ability to properly handle mental health crises. Activists point to police shooting deaths of mentally ill...

Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies watch the crowd during a pro Trump rally from the steps of the Maricopa County Recorder's Office.
Cops Treat Armed Trump Supporters With Kid Gloves While BLM Gets Tear Gassed, Activists Say

Local activists say the differences in handling of racial justice activists and far-right protesters highlight disparities embedded in the system.

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Shelters Report Hostility From Police Over Support for Black Lives Matter and Immigrants’ Rights

Some law enforcement agencies have ended partnerships with shelters over social issues, which could put victims of domestic violence at risk.

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The DPS Trooper Who Killed Dion Johnson Wasn’t Wearing a Body Camera. Now the State Has Received 150 of Them.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said his original plan to equip troopers with body cams fell through due to the pandemic.