Joe Arpaio's Monitor Gets Expanded Power to Investigate MCSO

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Former MCSO Deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz.
The federal judge in the racial-profiling case against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has expanded the investigative powers of the monitor assigned to the agency.

Over concerns that MCSO employees "may continue to be engaged in efforts to frustrate the implementation of this Court's Orders, and may in fact be using the internal investigative processes to conceal widespread departmental misconduct," Judge G. Murray Snow has issued orders expanding the monitor's oversight of MCSO's internal investigations.

"He made it clear to MCSO that he had expanded his authority to conduct these investigations because MCSO did such a terrible job investigating their own officers," ACLU of Arizona executive director Alessandra Soler tells New Times. The ACLU of Arizona and others are representing the plaintiffs in the racial-profiling case.

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Phoenix PD Identifies Officer Who Fatally Shot Rumain Brisbon

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Dennis Gilman
The Phoenix Police Department has identified the police officer who fatally shot 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon at an apartment complex last week.

Phoenix PD identified the officer as Mark Rine, a 7-year veteran of the department.

"He has been reassigned to a non-enforcement duty pending the outcome of the investigation," Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump says in a statement.

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Jan Brewer's Driver's License Ban Running on Fumes

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André Karwath
Governor Jan Brewer's executive order that prevents certain immigrants from getting driver's licenses is running on fumes after a series of court losses.

A federal appellate court decision earlier this year called for a temporary end to Brewer's order, and after a series of appeals by the Brewer administration, immigrants granted deferred action by the Obama Administration could get Arizona driver's licenses as early as a week from now.

"They're doing whatever they can to delay the implementation," ACLU of Arizona executive director Alessandra Soler tells New Times.

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Native Americans Calling on Arizona Cardinals to Make Policy Against Headdresses, Redface

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Arizona to Rally Against Native Mascots
As another NFL team with a Native American-inspired mascot came to town last weekend, some Native American groups banded together to protest the Kansas City Chiefs.

Although the groups have gotten a lot of attention for their protests of a certain Washington NFL team's name, they're also protesting what they perceive to be a mockery of Native American culture, like Chiefs fans showing up wearing red face paint or fake headdresses.

"I saw numerous people arriving at the stadium wearing fake headdresses," says Nicholet Deschine, a member of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry. "Arizona is one of three states to have the largest share of American Indian population and it's appalling that this type of insensitive apparel is allowed into Arizona Cardinals games at the University of Phoenix Stadium."

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Maricopa County Animal Control's Former Spokesman Accused of Stalking Employees

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A former spokesman for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control was arrested on charges including stalking for harassing his former co-workers, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office says Audie Greybear posed as his former co-workers on Craigslist, leading to the employees receiving sexually explicit text messages and e-mails to their work phones and e-mail accounts.

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Phoenix PD's Killing of Rumain Brisbon Sparking More Protests

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Dennis Gilman
A protester holding a sign during a demonstration against police brutality on Friday.
Protests are continuing to take place over the fatal shooting of 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon by a Phoenix police officer last week.

Brisbon was fatally shot Tuesday night at an apartment complex after a scuffle with a Phoenix police officer who was investigating a drug-dealing complaint. Police say the officer thought Brisbon was reaching for a gun in his pocket, although he turned out to be unarmed.

The third protest of the shooting is being organized for tonight, as activists and Brisbon's family attempt to call on the police department for information about the yet-unnamed officer.

"We're really going to demand justice for Rumain Brisbon," Reverend Jarrett Maupin tells New Times. "I spoke two days ago to his 9 year-old daughter, and she said, 'Reverend Maupin, I want to know who killed my daddy.'"

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Video: Police Killings Protested in Phoenix

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Police killings across the country sparked a large protest at First Friday in Phoenix this weekend.

With police in riot gear at the ready, the demonstrators protested against the killing of Michael Brown in Missouri, the killing of Eric Garner in New York, and last week's killing of Rumain Brisbon by Phoenix police.

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Arizona's the Most Corrupt State in America, According to Survey

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Matthew Hendley
Arizona's home to the most political corruption in America.

That's according to a survey of reporters nationwide, done by researchers at Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

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Looks Like Arpaio Will Need That Lawyer: Sheriff May Face Civil and Criminal Contempt Charges

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Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

Updated 6 p.m.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio may face civil and even criminal contempt charges stemming from his office's failure to comply with a court order issued in the Melendres civil rights case. In that case, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was found to have illegally racially profiled Latinos in its attempts to enforce immigration law.

The case, which was scheduled for an evidentiary hearing today, was temporarily put on hold as Judge G. Murray Snow considers possible contempt violations on the part of Arpaio and the MCSO.

In front of the crowded courtroom, Snow addressed the sheriff and the issues at hand immediately. "I do acknowledge here the presence of the Sheriff," he said. "I appreciate him being here. I have some deep concerns and I'm glad he's here to hear them. I believe there have been some serious violations that require this court to take action."

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Phoenix Police Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Man During Scuffle at Apartment Complex

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Yumi Kimura
An unarmed 34-year-old Phoenix resident was fatally shot by a Phoenix police officer Tuesday night after a scuffle between the two men at an apartment complex.

The officer, whose name hasn't been released, attempted to detain Rumain Brisbon as part of a drug-dealing investigation at the apartment complex, near Interstate 17 and Greenway Road, according to Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump. Brisbon tried to run from the officer, and when the officer caught up, the two got into a physical struggle.

At one point, Brisbon reached into a pants pocket with his hand, and the officer grabbed on to Brisbon's hand, to prevent him from pulling out what the officer thought was a gun, Crump says.

"When our officer lost his grip on the suspect's hand -- in close quarters with the suspect -- our officer fired two rounds, striking the suspect in the torso with both rounds, ending the confrontation with the individual," Crump says.

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