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Homeless tents
Earlier this week, The Show heard how the Phoenix police are under investigation for multiple offenses. One of those is investigating whether or not the civil rights of homeless individuals have been violated.
Aug. 18, 2021
Phoenix City Hall
The city of Phoenix wants the state of Arizona to butt out of its long-fought effort to enact civilian oversight over law enforcement.
Aug. 17, 2021
jeri williams
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams is finding herself under fire after investigations showed the department fabricating false charges on protesters last fall. And now the U.S. Department of Justice says it will be doing a deep probe into the Phoenix Police Department.
Aug. 16, 2021
Poetry and music are two art forms which frequently address social justice issues. Arizona State University senior Austin Davis, who is the founder of AZ Hugs For Houseless, has combined both in a recent EP.
Aug. 15, 2021
Census online response
The results of the 2020 U.S. census were released last week. The results showed a growing number of people identifying as mixed-race in Maricopa County.
Aug. 15, 2021
Phoenix police headquarters
Some Phoenix police officers could face criminal investigation in connection with the arrest of protesters last year and falsely accusing them of being in a gang. The city manager sent a letter Thursday asking the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to get involved.
Aug. 12, 2021
phoenix police logo
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it was launching an investigation of the city of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department. The Show spoke with ASU criminology professor Jon Gould to learn about what the investigation may encompass.
Aug. 11, 2021
phoenix police logo
Justice Department investigators plan to put under a microscope allegations of civil and constitutional rights violations by the Phoenix Police Department.
Aug. 6, 2021
Homeless tents
The leader of an Arizona organization that works on homeless initiatives says that certain laws already criminalize homelessness and that police intimidation makes it a moral and religious issue.
U.S. To Investigate Phoenix Police Over Excessive Force Allegations
Phoenix Police Chief, Union, Activist React To Investigation
Aug. 6, 2021
Phoenix police sign
News of a federal investigation into the city and Phoenix Police Department took leaders by surprise Thursday. “We had no idea that this was coming,” said Vice Mayor Carlos Garcia. He told KJZZ that city leaders were notified about an hour before the U.S. Department of Justice’s news conference in Washington, D.C.
U.S. To Investigate Phoenix Police Over Excessive Force Allegations
Phoenix Police Chief, Union, Activist React To Investigation
Aug. 5, 2021
Rio Sonora
It’s been seven years since a mining spill in neighboring Sonora, considered the worst mining disaster in Mexican history. But residents say the mining company and the government have yet to fully remediate the damage.
Aug. 5, 2021
Jazz, blues and bluegrass are unique to American musical history, but their roots reach back centuries to Western Africa. Pascal Bokar and his Afro Blue Grazz Band have a series of upcoming concerts in the Valley that merge those influences and include a discussion about the influence of West Africa on the evolution of American culture and musical traditions as part of the Jazz Culture & Social Justice Project.
Aug. 4, 2021
Abort so as not to die
Lawmakers in a state is southeastern Mexico voted to decriminalize elective abortion this week — making it the fourth state in the country to allow the procedure.
Jul. 21, 2021
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Friday to block the use of public funds for what he calls "critical race theory." But there seems to be a disconnect between the description of what has become a favorite talking point of Ducey and other Republicans, and what “critical race theory” actually means.
Jul. 12, 2021
Tomás Rojo
Sonoran authorities say they’ve arrested a second suspect in the murder of Tomás Rojo, a Yaqui activist and leader who went missing in May.
Jul. 9, 2021
officer name tag and camera
All DPS troopers will be equipped with body-worn cameras thanks to the new state budget approved last week. But at the same time, lawmakers signed off on a policy that restricts the kinds of video from those cameras that can be released to the public.
Jul. 9, 2021
search for Tomás Rojo
This week, authorities identified the remains of a Yaqui activist who had gone missing in late May in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. His murder and others in recent months have brought greater attention to growing violence in the region.
Jun. 25, 2021
Allister Adel
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced Friday it is permanently dismissing charges against protesters who were arrested in the fall of 2020 in downtown Phoenix.
Jun. 11, 2021
search for Tomás Rojo
An activist and spokesperson for the Yaqui tribe in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, has been missing since last Thursday. State and federal leaders have promised to continue searching for him.
Jun. 2, 2021
Charli Calvin
The state health department released final rules about who qualifies to pursue a license. But efforts to help those hurt by the drug war in other parts of the country where marijuana has been legalized have been criticized for not living up to their intentions. Now it’s Arizona’s turn to try and ingrain social justice values sought by many in the U.S. into a developing and profitable industry.
Jun. 2, 2021


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