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Whistleblower protection bill signed into law

Workers who don’t believe their employers are doing enough to protect them against such things as the coronavirus now have legal protections from retaliation if they speak out, under a bill signed into law ...
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Following protests at city hall, Denver City Council meetings are moving online

The Denver City Council will move meetings online following two weeks of disruption that began last month when protesters took over the microphone at city hall for several hours and demanded drastic changes to the law enforcement system ...
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Nonprofit cash being spent in Colorado campaigns still impossible to trace despite 2019 law

Outside groups spent nearly $1.7 million on eight highly contested Colorado legislative primary races. But it isn’t always easy to figure out where the money came from, despite a 2019 law touted as bringing more transparency to a system that includes cash from dark-money funded nonprofits that don’t disclose their donors ...
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CU Boulder study finds ideologically extreme Facebook users share the most fake news, ‘countermedia’

A recent study from the University of Colorado Boulder found that ideologically extreme Facebook users share more fake news and countermedia posts than their Twitter counterparts and those who identified as politically moderate ...
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Denver City Council will revert to online meetings amid protests, pandemic

Denver City Council will revert back to virtual meetings after recent protests broke out in and around the City and County Building — and it’s unclear when the public will again be able to make comments ...
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Colorado’s 2015 law changing how officer-involved shootings are investigated still lets law enforcement police themselves

Five years ago, Colorado lawmakers passed a bill that banned police departments and sheriff’s officers from investigating themselves without any outside assistance after one of their officers or deputies shoots someone ...
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Protect and serve (and record): The role of body cameras for police and communities

Body-worn cameras have long been a staple of police reform efforts. Activists, civil rights groups, politicians and law enforcement value the accountability boost they provide. The cameras have a wide range of uses and some rather unclear impacts on police-community interactions ...
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Denver hit with another federal lawsuit over police handling of George Floyd protests

Denver was hit with another federal lawsuit over its aggressive police response to the George Floyd protests last month. The named plaintiffs include a freelance photojournalist, a lawyer, a union organizer, a software engineer, a juvenile justice advocate, a small business owner and a veteran ...
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It could take weeks for Aurora police to release information on officers who posed at scene of Elijah McClain arrest

It could take weeks for the Aurora Police Department to release its investigation into officers who posed for photos near the spot where the same department violently arrested Elijah McClain last year, leading to his death ...
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In De’Von Bailey’s case, body cameras have the power to exonerate and condemn police

Police body camera video that shows the shooting of De'Von Bailey tells two stories. To a grand jury, it exonerated the actions of Colorado Springs police officers last summer. To Rep. Leslie Herod, a Democrat pivotal to the crafting of Colorado's expansive new police accountability law, it shows what the police did wrong ...
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