Social Justice

Authorities charge Mesa man who sold ammo to Las Vegas shooter

The Mesa man who authorities say sold ammo to mass shooting suspect Stephen Paddock before his deadly Oct. 1 attack has been charged with manufacturing armor-piercing rounds.


President Trump’s focus on MS-13 may not reflect Arizona’s gang reality

While President Trump's State of the Union emphasized MS-13's violence, Arizona law enforcement sees more significant threats.


Supreme Court rejects appeal of longest-serving Arizona death-row inmate

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a repeat murderer and rapist who has been on Arizona's death row for 40 years for a string of grisly crimes in Maricopa County in 1976.

Supreme Court facade wide

Court reverses death sentence in brutal Mohave County triple murder

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court overturned the death sentence in a brutal 1996 triple murder near Kingman, saying Arizona courts did not give enough weight to the killer's troubled childhood and mental health issues.


Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey pushes efforts to reduce recidivism

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has announced several new programs to try to reduce recidivism among convicted felons.


Police Chief Jeri Williams calls community engagement critical to success

Police Chief Jeri Williams brings ‘different hats’ to her job, including deeply-rooted ties to the city.


About this project

"Racial Divide," an in-depth look at race and policing in Arizona, is the fall 2017 graduate student project for Cronkite News. The students spent the past three months collecting data from Arizona law enforcement agencies, conducting dozens of interviews and examining the role race plays in policing our communities.


Arizona police departments try to repair rifts with communities

PHOENIX – When Jeri Williams took over as Phoenix police chief last year, she made it a point to address the tension between law enforcement and the community.


Some Arizona residents push back against police through protests, ballot box

PHOENIX – As thousands of protesters hit the Phoenix streets in July 2016 to protest the killings of black people by police, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin felt their anger.


Arizona law enforcement doesn’t reflect state’s diversity

WINSLOW – Despite national calls for more diverse law enforcement agencies, very few, if any, Arizona police departments reflect the demographics of the communities they serve - though diversity is not always their top priority.


Repercussions: How does lack of diversity affect policing?

PHOENIX – Arizona police departments don’t always reflect the racial diversity of the communities they serve, but experts disagree on the degree to which that makes a difference.


Justices grapple with baker’s right to deny service to same-sex couple

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices wrestled Tuesday with the line between art and commerce in the case of a Colorado baker who said making a wedding cake for a same-sex couple would violate his First Amendment rights.