Law Enforcement

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A new report from Congress’s watchdog agency is critical of the U.S. Justice Department’s handling of excessive force allegations made against law enforcement. The lengthy audit covers the Civil Rights Division that’s investigating the city of Phoenix and its police department.
Dec. 9, 2021
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A former Phoenix police officer has pleaded not guilty to taking part in a bank fraud and money laundering conspiracy. Toni Richardson is accused of lying on an application that led to a $1.2 million loan, which was supposed to help companies make payroll and stay in business during the pandemic.
Dec. 8, 2021
Chris Magnus
The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday afternoon to confirm Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus as U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner.
Dec. 7, 2021
Phoenix FBI building
Arizona was 14th out of 50 states in the number of online scams reported, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Compliance Center. Brooke Brennan with the FBI office in Phoenix says scammers are always looking for inventive ways to make money and can capitalize on online shoppers during the holiday season.
Dec. 4, 2021
Glen Canyon
The Yavapai County sheriff has pleaded guilty to operating a boat while under the influence. The sheriff’s blood alcohol content was over the legal limit when he tried to dock a boat at Lake Powell.
Dec. 2, 2021
Tucson police car
Two recent cases involving the Tucson Police Department have led to some questions, including about whether the department can investigate itself.
Dec. 2, 2021
Phoenix City Council chambers
Two Phoenix City Council members who often represent opposing views found common ground Wednesday when they voted against a police proposal.
Dec. 1, 2021
Tucson police car
A Tucson police officer is set to lose his job and potentially face charges after shooting and killing a man in a motorized wheelchair earlier this week.
Dec. 1, 2021
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Police departments across Arizona are experiencing officer shortages and are offering hiring bonuses to new applicants in hopes of recruitment. The Glendale Police Department announced this weekend that it is offering a $10,000 bonus for applicants as in state police officers
Nov. 22, 2021
Phoenix police officers on bicycles
On Wednesday, the Phoenix City Council approved a job classification plan to address the city’s understaffed police department. The new job title is police civilian investigator.
Nov. 17, 2021
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Phoenix will pay $5 million to the family of Muhammad Muhaymin who died while in police custody. Before the council voted on the settlement Wednesday, Vice Mayor Carlos Garcia said it is not justice, "Justice would have been for Muhammad to have had housing and resources."
Nov. 17, 2021
Phoenix City Council chambers
The Phoenix City Council could soon approve a multimillion-dollar settlement of a wrongful death and disability lawsuit against the city and a group of police officers.
Nov. 12, 2021
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A lieutenant with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was killed by a vehicle in Scottsdale on Wednesday. It was the second death for the agency in a month.
Nov. 10, 2021
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A four-year study has come to an end and ASU's Michael White is sharing the findings. White and his research team partnered with Tempe Police Department to show how police de-escalation training translates to encounters.
Nov. 10, 2021
Downtown Phoenix
The Phoenix Police Department wants to replace the security camera system in the city’s downtown core.
Nov. 10, 2021
Mesa Police Department headquarters.
Mesa recently announced new hiring incentives for police officers. The move comes shortly after the city said it’s doubling down on a commitment to prioritize public safety.
Nov. 5, 2021
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A federal judge has set a timeline for unsealing court documents in a multimillion-dollar wrongful death and disability lawsuit against Phoenix and a group of police officers. A city spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the order.
Nov. 3, 2021
Corey Wright
Phoenix is nearing three months since the U.S. Justice Department announced a sweeping investigation of the city and its police department that may take years to finish. Civil rights investigators are asking about the possessions of people living on the street.
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Oct. 29, 2021
DOJ community resources website
Phoenix has created a website with the hope of giving weekly updates on the U.S. Justice Department investigation of its police department, which began nearly three months ago. The digital resource gives an email address and phone number for people to contact the federal government.
Oct. 28, 2021
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As cities around the country consider vaccine mandates for employees — including Tucson, here in Arizona — one area that’s proving difficult when it comes to compliance is police departments.
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Oct. 27, 2021


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