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Arizona police unions push bill saying video evidence not always true


PHOENIX — Police unions in Arizona want officers involved in violent confrontations that are captured on body camera to be read a notice explaining that such footage doesn’t don’t always mirror reality. The Arizona Capitol Times reported that a proposal before the Arizona Legislature challenged the notion that video evidence in police shootings and fights was foolproof. The bill would ... Read More »

Arizona Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program


A bill introduced in the Arizona Senate would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Arizona, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Sen. Bob Worsley (R-Mesa) introduced Senate bill 1342 (SB1342) ... Read More »

Lawmaker backs off move to weaken Arizona city gunfire law


PHOENIX — Opposition to a bill changing a landmark 2000 law that made random or celebratory gunfire a felony prompted its sponsor to pull the proposal from a House debate schedule Tuesday and promise to substantially weaken his proposal. Rep. Tony Rivero, R-Peoria, said he now plans to leave in place the current ban on shooting within 1 mile of ... Read More »

Proposed Bill Asks for Warranted Cell Phone Tracking


Arizona lawmakers are deciding whether or not to enact rules on when police can use technology to track cell-phones. The legislation, which would be the first of its kind in Arizona, would make it so state and local police are required to get a search warrant before using cell phone tracking devices. For years the American Civil Liberties Union fought ... Read More »

Vote OKs ban on license plate covers

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After seven years of trying, a Democratic lawmaker has scored an initial success in getting Arizona to ban license plate covers typically used to prevent photo enforcement cameras from capturing an image of the plate. Senate Bill 1073 by Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, was approved by the Senate on a 20-10 vote Thursday and now heads to the House. Farley ... Read More »

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