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A protest sign that says "Being Black Isn't A Choice, Wearing A Badge Is"
Arizona lawmakers are considering boosting penalties for people arrested at protests, drawing fierce opposition from civil rights groups worried officers will target Black Lives Matter demonstrators or others with messages police find distasteful.
Feb. 16, 2021
basketball hoop
The NBA is nearly a third of the way through its regular season, and some markets have started welcoming a small percentage of fans back into their arenas. Dallas hadn’t been one of them until this week, and that had given the Mavericks the opportunity to not play the national anthem, which is traditionally played before every game.
Feb. 11, 2021
Phoenix City Hall
Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher said in a statement that he has told the City Attorney’s Office to investigate reports that police officers issued commemorative coins for the shooting of protesters.
Feb. 8, 2021
Phoenix police logo
After shooting a protester in the groin with a pepper ball at a protest in 2017, a team of Phoenix police officers allegedly created commemorative coins to celebrate the incident. The “challenge coins” clearly depict the man being shot on the front and have the date of the protest on the back, according to an ABC 15 report.
Feb. 7, 2021
Phoenix George Floyd Protest
What appeared to be a routine agenda item turned into a lengthy debate and some name calling during Wednesday’s Phoenix City Council meeting. Agenda item 30 seemed like a simple request — staff asked permission to apply for a state grant to help cover riot related expenses.
Jan. 20, 2021
tempe police badge
Tempe has become the first city in Maricopa County to align its police department’s use-of-force policies with a national campaign called Eight Can’t Wait.
Jan. 15, 2021
The crowd of demonstrators marches down 6th Avenue in Phoenix.
As authorities in Arizona and across the country prepare for possible armed protests at state Capitols this weekend, law enforcement agencies are heavily monitoring social media.
Jan. 14, 2021
Phoenix Police riot gear protest
Protests against police brutality and the presidential election have cost Phoenix taxpayers more than $14 million this year.
More Arizona Business News
Dec. 10, 2020
Sonora feminicida
The United Nations has designated Nov. 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to raise awareness about the true scale of gender-based violence around the world. In Mexico, women are taking to the streets against the violence they face.
Nov. 25, 2020
Protesters and Phoenix police officers during a protest.
Protests across the country related to police behavior and treatment of people of color have been common since the killing of George Floyd in the summer. Last month near downtown Phoenix, a group was carrying out a protest march. Fifteen of those protesters are now facing charges that typically are filed against street gangs.
Nov. 17, 2020
Thousands protested in Mexico City to fight for women's rights
2020 has been, so far, the year of women’s rights protests in Mexico. This week, the police opened fire in a rally against femicides in the coastal city of Cancún, sparking more feminists protests in Mexico.
Nov. 12, 2020
Prescott, Arizona sign
John D’Anna of the Arizona Republic has reported recently about racial tension in Prescott and how it’s dividing a community that likes to call itself "Everybody’s Hometown." His latest story focuses on an early September afternoon, when an 18-year-old young woman tried to organize a small Black Lives Matter event near the city’s courthouse square.
Oct. 21, 2020
Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury
Driven by a desire to draw attention to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bucks refused to leave their locker room in protest on Wednesday. Other playoff teams followed suit. The impact of the strike spread rapidly across the sports landscape. Arizona’s teams were no exception.
'Change Has Come': Pro Sports Take Protests To A New Level
Aug. 28, 2020
chase field
Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall said the team fully supports its players using their platform to affect change.
Aug. 27, 2020
Phoenix Mercury Brittney Griner Breonna Taylor jersey
The shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, led to an historic moment in sports. Fans immersed in the NBA playoffs found Wednesday's games unexpectedly postponed. Arizona Republic columnist Greg Moore joined The Show to talk about the moment.
Aug. 27, 2020
Phoenix City Hall
A video posted to social media shows police shooting Jacob Blake in the back as he leaned into his vehicle with three of his kids inside. Protests erupted in Wisconsin and, in solidarity, a demonstration was held outside Phoenix City Hall, where four people were arrested. Three were arrested for crimes reportedly committed at a previous demonstration.
Aug. 25, 2020
protesters hold up signs
Lawmakers in neighboring Sonora, Mexico were set to vote on a bill last week that would criminalize non-consensual sharing of sexual images online. But they postponed the decision amid protests by feminist groups.
Aug. 16, 2020
A protest sign that says "Being Black Isn't A Choice, Wearing A Badge Is"
Lots of parents have been wondering how to talk to their kids about the protests that have followed the killing of George Floyd — that includes parents and kids of all races and ethnicities. The Show talked through some of those conversations with Janice Robinson-Celeste, publisher of Successful Black Parenting Magazine.
Jul. 21, 2020
Screen shot of Doug Ducey tweet
A few hundred people gathered outside Scottsdale City Hall on Wednesday to protest the mandate requiring face masks be worn in public. At the protest, City Council member Guy Phillips told the crowd that Arizona and the country is facing a pandemic, but it’s not COVID-19.
Jun. 25, 2020
RoQy TyRaiD
Phoenix and other Valley cities have seen a number of protests since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. One of the groups that’s been involved in them is called the W.E. Rising Project, which says it’s a movement creating systemic change through peaceful protests. That group includes Phoenix-based hip-hop artist RoQy TyRaiD.
Jun. 23, 2020

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