Maricopa County attorney warns about effects of DOJ police oversight

PHOENIX — Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell on Wednesday warned that prosecuting criminals from Phoenix could become more difficult in the future if the U.S. Justice Department takes steps to oversee the Phoenix Police Department. Phoenix police are the target of a civil rights investigation by the DOJ, which is investigating whether officers use excessive…

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Maricopa County Attorney rebukes possible federal oversight of Phoenix police

Two years, two months and two weeks have passed since the U.S. Department of Justice began its wide-ranging investigation of the Phoenix Police Department. While investigators inch toward a resolution, Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell rebuked the DOJ’s effort to assess the practices of Phoenix police. “I know that we’re looking at another DOJ investigation…

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Consent Decree Could Cripple Staffing In Phoenix

Phoenix – New numbers show an uptick in recruits for the Phoenix Police Department for the first time in four years. The department is still short several hundred officers, and the police union fears the looming Department of Justice Investigation could halt the recruitment and retention progress. But Phoenix Law Enforcement Association President Darrell Kriplean worries…

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