Doug Ducey pledges to listen and seek Law Enforcement Reforms; the Democrats want a Special Session; This should not be hard


Yesterday at a press conference, where Arizona Governor Doug Ducey more or less incorrectly said all is well (please read Michael Bryan’s piece from June 4, 2020, for more details) with regards to the Coronavirus, the Grand Canyon State Chief Executive also expressed a willingness to listen to the concerns of citizens outraged by the police killings of people like George Floyd and Dion Johnson and possibly implement needed law enforcement reforms.

Governor Ducey’s words, reported by AZ Central included:

“What I’m hearing is that people are sickened by what happened, and I share that emotion and feeling as well. They (protesters) are asking for change and they’re asking for reform, and they’ve had enough of this.”

Mr. Ducey also relayed that after speaking with community and religious leaders (some of whom were both annoyed with his week-long curfew and did not want to hear him paying “lip service” to their concerns) on Sunday, he intended to keep “listening and learning” from their concerns and expressed a willingness to lead on law enforcement reforms such as diversifying the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board and police ranks.

Ducey further stated:

“But I want you to know that that list alone did not even scratch the surface of the deep hurt and concern inside that room… This (conversation) has got to be ongoing.”

That should be welcome news to the Democrats in the Arizona State Legislature, who following the lead of Democratic Whip Reginald Bolding issued a letter on June 2, 2020, calling for a special session dealing with law enforcement reform.

Among the areas Democrats want to consider in law enforcement reform are:

  • Body camera requirements for all law enforcement officials.
  • Third-party investigations of Use of Deadly Force Incidents.
  • The creation of a statewide law enforcement personnel database.
  • New training in areas like cultural sensitivity and de-escalation.
  • Limit qualified immunity.

Please click below to read the full letter.

Joint Dems Special Session Request on Police Reform (1)

Legislative District 18 State Representative Mitzi Epstein also relayed, via a June 2, 2020, Facebook Post, that House Democrats have formed:

“..the Racial Justice Work Group to develop policies to address systemic racism in the entire justice system: police, courts, detention facilities, and further to work with diverse community advocates to stop racism and bigotry in our places of work, school, and other public gatherings.”

In a June 3, 2020 letter to her constituents, Legislative District 28 State Representative Kelli Butler wrote:

“But public safety reform is only the beginning. It’s time we also work to address the broad disparities in access to healthcare, education, housing, and other elements of our society that divide us and make it impossible for too many to achieve their dreams.”

The Governor wants to listen, learn, and implement law enforcement reform.

The Democrats want to listen, learn, and implement law enforcement reform.

Setting up a special session to consider law enforcement should not be hard.

The need, especially with the recent discovery, through Arizona Department of Transportation video, of additional footage of Dion Johnson in the minutes before he died (Representatives Bolding, Dr. Geraldine Peten, and Corporation Commission Commissioner Sandra Kennedy have called for a Federal Justice Department Investigation: Please see letter below,) is paramount.


Hopefully, it will not be on this and the other critical issues (schools, COVID 19 related matters) impacting all of the state’s residents.





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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.


  1. Maybe it’s actually better from an electoral viewpoint for the Governor to stonewall on reform. Then when we take the State House and Senate we can really get to work on meaningful reforms.

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