Tuesday, June 25, 2024 – Phoenix police face discrimination complaint

Phoenix, Ariz. is the latest city to face federal allegation of police discrimination against Native Americans and other people of color. A U.S. Department of Justice investigation cites serious statistical disparities when it comes to police interacting with and charging Native people compared to other residents. The report also accuses the department of using unnecessary and excessive force. We’ll hear from Native community members about how the report compares with what they know about law enforcement disparities in and around Phoenix. We’ll also talk with Native advocates in other places where the Department of Justice has investigated discrimination complaints.


Christopher Sharp (Mohave from the Colorado River Indian Tribes), clinical assistant professor and the director of the Office of American Indian Projects in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University

Lisa Bellanger (Leech Lake Ojibwe), executive director of the American Indian Movement

Jolyana Begay-Kroupa (Diné), CEO of the Phoenix Indian Center