Mesa Cops Don't Seem Very Brutal in Alleged "Police Brutality" Video

Mesa cops, not being so brutal in this alleged "police brutality" video.
A video of supposed police "brutality" during a physical arrest in Mesa looks more like a blooper reel, including one officer slamming what appears to be his personal vehicle into another car on his way to help fellow officers subdue a suspect.

Mesa Police Sergeant Tony Landato tells New Times that the officers involved are Mesa cops, but details are light at this point.

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-Phoenix Cop Body-Slams 15-Year-Old Girl into Wall
-Man Shot in Back, Then Dragged 400 Feet on Knees by Scottsdale Police

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Gilbert Griego Steals Car, Runs From Police, Doesn't Understand Why He Was Stopped


After stealing a car and speeding away from police, all while intoxicated, Gilbert Griego, who was also wanted on a felony warrant, couldn't figure out why he had been pulled over, according to police.  

Phoenix PD watched Griego make an "abrupt and sudden" turn on 34th Street, and as an officer tailed him, Griego took off. He doubled the speed limit in a 25 mph zone and sparks fell from the back of the car as it bottomed out, according to the police report.

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ACLU Looking Into "Militarization" of Arizona Police Agencies, Including Drone Usage

The ACLU is trying to find out the extent of "militarization" of police forces across the country, including 10 law enforcement agencies in Arizona.

Arizona's ACLU, as well as those in 22 other states, are filing public records requests "to determine the extent to which local police departments are using federally subsidized military technology and tactics that are traditionally used overseas," according to an ACLU press release.

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Phoenix PD to Recognize 50th Anniversary of Arresting Ernesto Miranda, of "Miranda Warning" Fame

An Ernesto Miranda autographed "Miranda warning."
In a couple of weeks, the Phoenix Police Department will recognize the 50th anniversary of one of the most famous arrests in the department's history -- that of Ernesto Miranda.

You probably recognize Miranda's name by the "warning" named after him that lets an arrestee know he has the right to remain silent, that anything he says can and will be used against him in a court of law, and the rest of the stuff that comes at the end of a good COPS segment.

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-The Life of a State: A Timeline of Arizona's History

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Self-Proclaimed Whistleblower Phil Roberts Wasn't Retaliated Against by the Phoenix Police Department, Feds Say


Phoenix police officials should have more closely examined allegations made by police Sergeant Phil Roberts about falsified border-related kidnapping statistics before deciding to investigate him for making those claims, according to a federal investigative report obtained by New Times.

That message, found in a 33-page report by the U.S. Office of Inspector General, was hardly a victory for the embattled police sergeant who claims he has endured repeated acts of retaliation at the hands of police officials for exposing the department's fake kidnapping statistics.

However, the OIG did not find that internal investigations or reassignments that Roberts faced in 2010 had anything to do with his claims against the police department.

Roberts, who calls himself a whistleblower, wanted the feds to say the reason he was pulled from the unit investigating kidnapping cases, placed under investigation for misconduct, assigned to desk duty, reassigned to jail duty and prohibited from working off-duty jobs was because he shed light on bloated stats.

But they didn't.

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Two Cops Shot in West Phoenix *BREAKING*

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Two Phoenix police officers were shot by an armed suspect just after 10 a.m. today.

Details are limited, but the shooting occurred 61st and Virginia Avenues.

One of the officers was shot in the arm, the other suffered a superficial wound to the head.

The suspect was reportedly also shot, but details of his condition are unknown.

Police plan to brief the media later in the day.

Check back for updates.

Third Suspect in "Execution" of Buckeye Officer Located and Released; Second Officer Will Survive, Police Say

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Officers Christopher Paz (left) and Rolando Tirado. Tirado was senselessly killed by thugs during a traffic stop early Sunday morning.
The second officer shot during the execution-style murder of a Buckeye police officer over the weekend is expected to recover, the Phoenix Police Department announced today. Additionally, a third suspect in the case was located, questioned, and released, Phoenix Sergeant Tommy Thompson tells New Times.

A second suspect in the case who was also shot during a "life or death gun battle" between the wounded officer and the suspect who murdered Officer Rolando Tirado also is expected to pull through. It's unclear whether he'll be charged with any crimes.

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Tempe Police Looking for Ponytailed and Painted Bank Robber

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Know this guy? Call the cops.

​Do you know a dude with a ponytail who just happened to get a lot richer in the past few days? Because the Tempe Police Department is looking for a bank robber just like that.

About 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, the guy pictured to the left went into the First Credit Union on the 1200 block of Baseline Road in Tempe, gave the teller a note and "verbally requested money."

Apparently all you have to do is ask nicely for money, because police say the man never threatened or displayed a weapon.

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Phoenix Pawn Shop Robbery Leads to Car Chase, Car Crash, Home Invasion, Kidnapping of a Mother and Her 5-Year-Old Son, and Three Arrests

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​Some people just don't know when to give up -- like the three men arrested in Phoenix today after the cops say they committed an armed robbery at a pawn shop, then proceeded to lead police on a car chase, break into a house, kidnap a woman and her 5-year-old son, and hold them hostage as they attempted to escape police.

Phoenix police Sergeant Steve Martos tells New Times it all started about 10:30 a.m. when three men -- whose names haven't been released -- got their guns and went to raid a pawn shop on the 4100 block of West Indian School Road.

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Mother Turns in Son and His "Bad" Friend for Dragging Death of Glendale Teen

Anita Munoz died yesterday after suffering head injuries during a robbery attempt last week.
Glendale police have arrested two men in connection with the death of a high school sophomore who police say was either pushed from or dragged by a moving car during a robbery attempt last week.

Lino Chavez and Jose Solis Apodaca, both 18, were arrested for the murder of 16-year-old Anita Munoz, who died yesterday morning after suffering head injuries sustained during last Wednesday's robbery.

According to police, Munoz was sitting on a bench near the office of her apartment complex near 6700 West Ocotillo Road when Chavez and Apodaca rolled up in a blue Nissan Xterra.

Chavez stayed in the driver's seat of the car while Apodaca got out and tried to steal a computer the girl was using.

Munoz, family members later told police, had taken her laptop to the office to use the Internet so she could apply for jobs because she wanted to help her mother with bills.

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