On Monday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey demonstrated with vetoes that the collaboration he sought with the Legislature means only that they collaborate with him. Ducey vetoed bills that would require police departments to keep private the names of officers involved in shootings, and prevent police departments to have ticket quotas.
Sen. Steve Smith had hoped SB1445 would give authorities time to investigate the shooting and provide the officer’s name only after the facts of the shooting had been determined.
Ducey’s veto of HB2410, which was sponsored by Rep. David Stevens, after it was revealed that the Tucson Police Department, in search of revenue, demanded officers write one ticket a week.
While SB1445 had opponents on both sides of the political aisle, HB2410 was only opposed by municipalities, like Tucson that have revenue problems.
The ACLU in Arizona encouraged their members to thank Ducey “for listening to the concerns of the public, “which would have concealed the identities of police officers who injure (sic) or kill members of the public.”