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Jeri Williams
A week ago the outgoing Phoenix police chief testified to Congress that guns have become more available and are too easy for children to get. On Wednesday, Jeri Williams vowed that her department would be laser-focused on taking firearms from criminals and people not supposed to have them.
Jun. 22, 2022
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A Sonoran councilwoman was murdered in the southern part of the state this week. Officials say they are investigating the killing as a femicide.
Jun. 17, 2022
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The Arizona Senate gave tentative approval to a bill that would allow citizens to record police, only if they are at least eight feet away. An officer must verbally warn a witness who is believed to be too close.
Jun. 16, 2022
Corrections in Ink A Memoir Keri Blakinger
Keri Blakinger spent two years in prison after police caught her with heroin. Now, she works as a reporter for the Marshall Project, covering injustices within the criminal justice system.
Jun. 16, 2022
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It’s been months since U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan and evacuated tens of thousands of Afghans from Taliban rule. But many are still in limbo. But a set of new guidelines introduced by the Departments of Homeland Security and State this week could help.
Jun. 16, 2022
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In less than two months, Phoenix police officers will collect bigger paychecks, making Phoenix Police Department the highest paid law enforcement agency in Arizona. The City Council approved a $20 million boost Wednesday night.
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Jun. 16, 2022
Money from Arizona’s medical marijuana program will help the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office bring back motorcycle patrols for the first time in more than a decade.
Jun. 15, 2022
Jeri Williams
The outgoing leader of the Phoenix Police Department told federal lawmakers the increased availability of guns has made it too easy for children to get them.
Jun. 15, 2022
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Last week, a federal court in Texas ruled the Biden administration could not move forward with enforcement priorities it outlined last fall for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Jun. 13, 2022
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The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has reached an $11.75 million settlement in a lawsuit involving a jail attack that seriously injured an inmate more than two years ago.
Jun. 13, 2022
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While the 20-8 vote drew approval from most of the senators who hoped it would help expand police tools to solve cases, some were concerned such a law would violate due process.
Jun. 9, 2022
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it will avoid deporting immigrants who are active-duty military or veterans under a directive released by the agency last week.
Jun. 8, 2022
Rachel Mitchell is sworn in as Maricopa County attorney
The former state prisons director faces felony weapons charges in connection with a January standoff in which Tempe police said he pointed a gun at officers.
Jun. 8, 2022
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Tempe is reviewing how it handles water rescues as video of three police officers standing nearby as a homeless man drowns sparks outcry. The Tempe Police Department says the officers are on paid administrative leave after last month’s drowning in a city lake.
Jun. 8, 2022
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Phoenix leaders are laying the groundwork for an election next year when voters will be asked to approve $500 million in new bonds.
Jun. 7, 2022
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Taser developer Axon said this week it is working to build drones armed with the electric stunning weapons that could fly in schools and “help prevent the next Uvalde, Sandy Hook, or Columbine.” But its own technology advisers quickly panned the idea as a dangerous fantasy.
Jun. 7, 2022
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A pilot program designed to reduce lethal force encounters could be expanded to the entire Phoenix Police Department.
Jun. 6, 2022
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A federal judge has denied an Arizona prisoner’s bid to delay his execution in the 1984 killing of an 8-year-old girl, according to the ruling posted Sunday.
Jun. 5, 2022
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After a shooting left one dead and eight injured in Sunnyslope early Saturday morning, another shooting took place early Sunday at a nightclub in Mesa. The Mesa shooting left two dead and two injured, according to police.
Jun. 5, 2022
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Police say nine people were shot at a gathering in central Phoenix early Saturday morning, leaving one woman dead and two victims with life-threatening injuries.
Jun. 4, 2022

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