Arizona: Community To Rally Tuesday Against Secret Police Bill

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Petition with more than 2,400 signatures demanding veto to be delivered to Gov. Ducey

Community groups will be rallying outside Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office Tuesday afternoon to speak out against SB 1445, a proposal that would require law enforcement agencies to conceal police officers’ identities for months following their involvement in violent or deadly incidents.

During the rally, a petition with more than 2,400 signatures will be delivered to Gov. Ducey’s office demanding he veto this legislation if it reaches his desk.

This bill is unnecessary, takes discretion away from local officials, promotes mistrust of the police and threatens Arizona’s proud tradition of open government, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona. Furthermore, police officers’ extraordinary powers are much more likely to be abused when their use is concealed from the public.

WHAT: Speakers will encourage Gov. Ducey to veto this dangerous legislation if it reaches his desk and address the harm this law would inflict on communities of color, people with mental illness and their families, immigrants, and LGBT people, among others. A representative of the family of Michelle Cusseaux, who was killed by a Phoenix Police officer last summer, and representatives of the community group Justice for Rumain Brisbon, who was fatally shot by a Phoenix Police officer in December, are scheduled to speak.

WHO: Community organizations opposed to this legislation include the NAACP of Maricopa County, the Greater Phoenix Urban League, the Center for Neighborhood Leadership, Phillips Memorial C.M.E. Church, Church of The Remnant, Puente Human Rights Movement, SOMOS America, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Black Lives Matter, The Black Chamber of Arizona and the ACLU of Arizona.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 4 p.m.

WHERE: In front of the Arizona Executive Tower (18th Ave. between W. Adams St. and W. Jefferson St. in Phoenix)

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