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The Phoenix Police Department launched a pilot-program to curb gun violence in the city.
Jul. 5, 2022
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Mesa police began encrypting their radio communications so that only those within the department can receive messages. The move to encrypted radio frequencies completes a yearlong effort to bring the Mesa Police Department to national standards.
Jul. 5, 2022
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In Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona, it was ruled that police officers must remind suspects of their rights to remain silent and to an attorney. Now, the Supreme Court ruled that police officers who fail to read suspects their rights cannot be prosecuted.
Jun. 30, 2022
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The death toll after a semitruck was found abandoned in the outskirts of San Antonio has risen to 53 people. Officials say it’s likely the deadliest smuggling incident in modern U.S. history. Activists and some lawmakers say it’s also a symptom of U.S. border policies.
Jun. 30, 2022
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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that states can prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes committed on tribal land when the victim is Native American.
Jun. 29, 2022
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Earlier this month, the Phoenix Fire Department began using drones to help crews on the ground better do their jobs. The department has three drones and FAA certifications for eight drone pilots.
Jun. 28, 2022
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Nearly a year has passed since the U.S. Justice Department launched a civil rights investigation of Phoenix and its police department. The city so far has spent a little more than $1.5 million for the inquiry.
Jun. 24, 2022
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A week ago the outgoing Phoenix police chief testified to Congress that guns have become more available and are too easy for children to get. On Wednesday, Jeri Williams vowed that her department would be laser-focused on taking firearms from criminals and people not supposed to have them.
Jun. 22, 2022
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A Sonoran councilwoman was murdered in the southern part of the state this week. Officials say they are investigating the killing as a femicide.
Jun. 17, 2022
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The Arizona Senate gave tentative approval to a bill that would allow citizens to record police, only if they are at least eight feet away. An officer must verbally warn a witness who is believed to be too close.
Jun. 16, 2022
Corrections in Ink A Memoir Keri Blakinger
Keri Blakinger spent two years in prison after police caught her with heroin. Now, she works as a reporter for the Marshall Project, covering injustices within the criminal justice system.
Jun. 16, 2022
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It’s been months since U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan and evacuated tens of thousands of Afghans from Taliban rule. But many are still in limbo. But a set of new guidelines introduced by the Departments of Homeland Security and State this week could help.
Jun. 16, 2022
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In less than two months, Phoenix police officers will collect bigger paychecks, making Phoenix Police Department the highest paid law enforcement agency in Arizona. The City Council approved a $20 million boost Wednesday night.
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Jun. 16, 2022
Money from Arizona’s medical marijuana program will help the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office bring back motorcycle patrols for the first time in more than a decade.
Jun. 15, 2022
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The outgoing leader of the Phoenix Police Department told federal lawmakers the increased availability of guns has made it too easy for children to get them.
Jun. 15, 2022
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Last week, a federal court in Texas ruled the Biden administration could not move forward with enforcement priorities it outlined last fall for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Jun. 13, 2022
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The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has reached an $11.75 million settlement in a lawsuit involving a jail attack that seriously injured an inmate more than two years ago.
Jun. 13, 2022
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While the 20-8 vote drew approval from most of the senators who hoped it would help expand police tools to solve cases, some were concerned such a law would violate due process.
Jun. 9, 2022
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it will avoid deporting immigrants who are active-duty military or veterans under a directive released by the agency last week.
Jun. 8, 2022
Rachel Mitchell is sworn in as Maricopa County attorney
The former state prisons director faces felony weapons charges in connection with a January standoff in which Tempe police said he pointed a gun at officers.
Jun. 8, 2022

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