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Arizona and the nation face a new reckoning on race relations and law enforcement. And the present situation is a culmination of what has happened in the past. In part two of a five-part series, KJZZ examines the intersection of law enforcement and racial dynamics through some flashpoints in Arizona’s past and present — where minorities have long felt under-represented and oppressed.
Boiling Point: Policing In Arizona At A Crossroads
Jul. 27, 2020
 John Lewis and Barack Obama
Lawmakers honor Rep. John Lewis before he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol. Lewis, a civil rights icon, served in Congress for more than three decades.
Jul. 27, 2020
 brass plaque at Picacho Peak State Park
Two confederate memorials remain on state land, but one has gone missing. A brass plaque at Picacho Peak State Park, which honored Confederate soldiers who fought there when Arizona was a territory, was reportedly stolen a month ago.
Jul. 27, 2020
Actors perform at the OK Corral
From the pre-statehood days as a Wild West territory to the current day, deadly encounters between law enforcement and civilians have been a constant element of Arizona’s narrative. And from Wyatt Earp and the shootout at the O.K. Corral to modern-day incidents, controversy has surrounded these interactions, and minorities and other disenfranchised residents have felt especially oppressed.
Boiling Point: Policing In Arizona At A Crossroads
Jul. 27, 2020
chanel bragg
The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down or limited many aspects of our lives — including arts events like live theater. But that hasn’t stopped Arizona Theatre Company from preparing for the future and moving to increase diversity on and off stage.
Jul. 24, 2020
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel
The ACLU of Arizona issued a new report called "The Racial Divide of Prosecutions in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office." The Show spoke with Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel to get her reaction.
Jul. 23, 2020
Rachel Mitchell
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is making changes it says will enhance transparency and accountability. The office announced Wednesday that it’s creating a Prosecution Integrity Program. It program is designed to address issues that are traditionally pursued by defense organizations.
Jul. 22, 2020
Arizona Confederate Memorial
Two confederate monuments on Arizona state land were removed overnight by the private organization that placed them there several decades ago. State officials agreed Wednesday to an offer by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Jul. 22, 2020
Phoenix police sign
Phoenix police have released a second so-called critical incident briefing about the shooting death of James Garcia on July 4. This video shows officers firing at the 28-year-old as he sat in a car parked in a Maryvale driveway. Garcia’s mother and sister reacted to the report July 21.
Jul. 22, 2020
A protest sign that says "Being Black Isn't A Choice, Wearing A Badge Is"
Lots of parents have been wondering how to talk to their kids about the protests that have followed the killing of George Floyd — that includes parents and kids of all races and ethnicities. The Show talked through some of those conversations with Janice Robinson-Celeste, publisher of Successful Black Parenting Magazine.
Jul. 21, 2020
 John Lewis and Barack Obama
Civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis died from pancreatic cancer Friday at the age of 80. Arizona NAACP leader Roy Tatem says Arizonans should reflect on the sacrifice and work Lewis did to make voting rights a reality for many Black Americans — especially in a turbulent election year.
Jul. 19, 2020
Janelle Woods
Family and supporters of Dion Johnson, the 28-year-old fatally shot by a Department of Public Safety trooper, are pushing for more action in the investigation against the trooper involved.
Jul. 17, 2020
James Lewis JL Smokehouse
In recent months, as we’ve seen protests over racial violence across the country and new support for the Black Lives Matter movement, we’ve also seen new support for Black-owned businesses. Some argue that a good place to put those dollars here in Phoenix is toward our burgeoning Black barbecue scene.
Jul. 17, 2020
Camile Landrum
The family of Dion Johnson, killed in an Arizona Department of Public Safety shooting May 25, held a press conference Thursday to respond to the Phoenix Police Department's report of the incident released Wednesday.
Jul. 16, 2020
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The Black Lives Matter movement has grown in influence and scope in the weeks since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and there has been backlash in some communities to that reality. One of those communities appears to be Prescott.
Jul. 16, 2020
empty school resource officer parking space
Representatives from Valley school districts and experts on the topic examined the pros and cons of having police presence on school campus in a Tuesday webinar by the Arizona School Boards Association's Black Alliance.
Jul. 15, 2020
Anwar Newton
Earlier this spring, African American comedian Anwar Newton made an appearance in The Show's Stand Up Sit Down series. The Show caught up with Newton recently to find out whether his perspective on comedy has changed since the killing of George Floyd.
Jul. 9, 2020
Chief Jeri Williams
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams announced July 7 that she is calling on the FBI to investigate the July 4 shooting of James Garcia in Maryvale. In addition, she is speeding up the release of bodycam footage from the incident. The Show spoke to Williams about why she called for an FBI investigation.
Jul. 9, 2020
Phoenix FBI building
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams has called for the FBI to conduct an investigation into the shooting of James Garcia by Phoenix police officers on July 4. She’ll also make the body camera footage from the incident available sooner than usual.
Jul. 8, 2020
Bearing Witness While Black book
The video of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis was reminiscent for many African Americans of photos that were shared and distributed of lynching victims from an earlier time in the U.S. USC assistant journalism professor Allissa Richardson believes such videos should be considered sacred and treated more properly — on a par with the disturbing lynching photos.
Jul. 8, 2020


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