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Will Arizona follow the national trend in banning police body worn camera footage?

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As more law enforcement agencies in Arizona suit up officers with body-worn cameras, public access to this footage becomes a controversial topic. The past several years has triggered a strong national reaction in regards to police-involved incidents resulting in death or serious bodily injury. In response, the national government and law enforcement agencies believe that cameras will include better evidence documentation and increased accountability and transparency. ... Read More »

Arizona bill on protests, riots and racketeering: What you need to know

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As Arizonans protest the actions of President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress, the Republican-led state Legislature is advancing a bill that could silence future protests before they ever happen — and financially punish the organizers. Bill supporters cited “paid protesters” who intentionally start riots as the reason for the need for the bill. Some allegations of paid protesters during the presidential campaign ... Read More »

Arizona GOP lawmaker pushing changes to how initiatives make ballot

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A Republican lawmaker is proposing yet another change to how citizens can enact laws in Arizona on top of others already working their way through the Legislature. Rep. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, wants to require backers to gather signatures from 10 percent of voters in each of the state’s 30 legislative districts before an initiative makes the ballot and 15 percent ... Read More »

Phoenix faces Arizona law that bars sanctuary-city status

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As some cities reaffirm support for sanctuary policies that protect immigrants, Phoenix finds itself in an unusual position to push back against any immigration actions by the new White House. The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday will discuss a petition to adopt the sanctuary label, following the lead of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and others in a city with ... Read More »

Arizona high court sets standard for on use of blood samples in DUI cases

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court said police can’t use a DUI suspect’s blood sample taken for medical reasons unless they have a warrant or the suspect either consented to treatment or was incapable of providing consent. The court set that standard Wednesday while ruling on an appeal involving a man who thrashed and yelled at paramedics after being injured ... Read More »

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