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Attorney General Loretta Lynch praises Phoenix police ‘de-escalation’ training

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with Phoenix police officers and top officials Tuesday as part of a nationwide tour to promote community policing at its best. Lynch praised the agency’s broad approach to de-escalation training as a model for law-enforcement around the country. De-escalation techniques are designed to calm potentially violent situations and prevent the need for officer force. ... Read More »

El Mirage police chief: Speeding surges on Grand Avenue after camera ban


Since Arizona banned the use of traffic cameras on state highways this spring, speeding incidents have climbed an average of 250 percent on Grand Avenue in El Mirage. In 2009, El Mirage had opted to begin a traffic safety camera program due to a history of speed-related violations and crashes involving drivers traveling within the city and along Grand Avenue (U.S. ... Read More »

Campaign pushes Tucson ID for undocumented workers


Calling the police for help frightens Hector Cruz Robles, a day laborer at the Southside Worker Center. He and many other day laborers say they avoid reporting crime because they don’t have government-issued identification, which could make police officers suspect they lack immigration papers and prompt a call to the Border Patrol under Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070, said the ... Read More »

Congress’ Latest Gun-Law Effort Faces Another Likely Impasse

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WASHINGTON—The latest congressional effort to respond to the latest mass shooting headed toward another impasse Monday, reflecting the continuing partisan stalemate over gun laws that has paralyzed Congress for decades. Prodded to take action by the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month, the Senate was scheduled to vote Monday evening on two pairs of dueling, ... Read More »

Blue Lives Matter – Gaining Traction


WASHINGTON There’s a new movement percolating, a “Blue Lives Matter” push that seeks to raise penalties for violence against police and first responders but that also could serve as a controversial counter to the Black Lives Matter movement. In Louisiana, the legislature has voted to expand its hate crime laws to include law enforcement and first-responders, in addition to victims ... Read More »

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