Arizona U.S. House Democrats united behind policing reform bill

A Tucson police officer with her weapon drawn. /Photo by Bill Morrow | Flickr/CC BY 2.0

By Jeremy Duda | AZ Mirror

All five Democratic members of Arizona’s delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives have thrown their support behind legislation aimed at reforming law enforcement in the wake of a Minneapolis police officer’s killing of an unarmed Black man and the nationwide protests it triggered.

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Attitudes are less consistent among Arizona’s GOP lawmakers. Most Republicans in the Arizona delegation haven’t taken public positions on the bill, though Rep. Andy Biggs has come out squarely against it.

And neither Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema nor Republican Sen. Martha McSally have taken a position. Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly, who hopes to unseat McSally in November, has also remained noncommittal.

The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 would make a number of changes, including:

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