Law enforcement seems to get more brazen at every turn. Now that an Arizona-based company has sought to patent their electrocuting or drug-administering handcuffs, we have to wonder how long it will be before police are using them and after that, what’s next? [Read more…]
April 2104 Update: Sanity prevails, and this decision was overturned.
You would think to be arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you would have to be under the influence of something, feeling its effects. Not so says an Arizona Court of Appeals who ruled last week that simply having marijuana’s active components in your body is enough for a conviction. And because THC (the active component in marijuana) stays present in the body for months, a toke last month could get you a DUI charge tonight. [Read more…]
In a rush to beat technology to the punch, lawmakers across the country are scrambling to limit how and when law enforcement can use drones. Arizona is no different, with a few different bills on the table that would set regulations for the unmanned aircraft. [Read more…]
In an effort to reduce incarceration costs, the city of San Luis, Arizona is considering having some misdemeanor offenders serve their sentences in the relative comfort of their own home. The move seems to be a win-win for both parties and would make San Luis Municipal Court the first in a south county to make such a move. [Read more…]
“I often wonder what separates human predator from human prey in today’s world. What is it that drives some to act as warrior and others to simply succumb to the evils of the world.” Such starts a thoughtful essay by Pinal County SWAT Commander Lieutenant Matt Thomas, printed here at SWATMag.com. The piece waxes philosophical about what makes a “good” cop or a “good” SWAT member, and it isn’t his commitment to protect and serve. No, in Thomas’ mind, it’s his “warrior mentality.” [Read more…]
Once again, Phoenix will rank above most other cities in the nation for the number of reported hate crimes. This could be taken a few ways—that Phoenix is especially prone to hateful people unafraid to break laws in order to express their disdain, or that the city is better at enforcing the hate crime laws, more quick to classify an offense under that heading. [Read more…]