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McIntyre: The process is the problem

So how did the commissioners choose Caselli for the job? We still believe it happened behind closed doors, and we believe this constitutes a "formal action" that should have been properly noticed and done in a public meeting, the first time the decision was made ...
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AG intervention demands reform from Aurora police and fire, city chiefs and leaders say it’s happening

Attorney General Phil Weiser released a wide-ranging review of the Aurora police and fire departments, claiming the former has regularly used excessive force and broken state and federal law by unfairly targeting minorities, and the latter has repeatedly misused chemical treatments on patients ...
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Denver DA: Bodycam footage has been part of 37 officer-involved shooting investigations

FOX31: There may be no single person in Colorado who relies on body camera footage more than Denver District Attorney Beth McCann. It’s helped her reach decisions in 37 officer-involved shootings since she was elected in 2016, with two more still under investigation. “I would say it’s very critical. Before we had the body worn camera, it was one person’s word against another,” she said. Visit FOX31 for more ...
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Boulder judge grants second motion to bar King Soopers shooting video at hearing

A video taken inside the south Boulder King Soopers during the mass shooting earlier this year won’t be played during the suspect’s upcoming preliminary hearing, after a judge ruled the suspect’s right to a fair trial overrides the public’s right to see it ...
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Arvada pays $100,000 to settle police excessive force lawsuit

The city took pains to keep secret the deal, which was first reported by the Arvada Press. As part of the settlement, Cook agreed not to talk about it to anyone aside from his family, attorneys and accountant, the settlement agreement shows. His attorney was also prohibited from speaking about the case, and agreed to say only “we have no comment” in response to any inquiries ...
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‘They were just everywhere’: Map of Denver Ku Klux Klan addresses in 1920s shows members in every corner of city

The mapping project followed the digitization of the ledgers’ contents and their publication online this spring, making the information easily accessible to the public for the first time ...
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Police violated Colorado Springs man’s constitutional rights with 24/7 surveillance, court rules

The Colorado Sun: Colorado Springs police officers went too far — infringing on a man’s Fourth Amendment right to privacy — when they installed a camera on a utility pole across the street from his home and recorded footage for three months without obtaining a search warrant, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.  Police mounted the camera in June 2015 after receiving a tip that Rafael Phillip Tafoya was involved in drug trafficking, according to the ruling. It wasn’t until after reviewing the footage, which showed Tafoya transporting drugs into his detached garage, that police applied for a warrant to ...
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McIntyre: Let’s not pretend

Stop us if you've heard this one before. Elected officials make a decision behind closed doors, against Colorado Open Meetings laws, and later backpedal and try to pretend it didn't happen ...
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Arvada tried to keep $100K excessive force settlement secret

The City of Arvada reached a $100,000 settlement with Travis Cook after he filed a lawsuit accusing an officer of assaulting him. The settlement was supposed to remain confidential, but was uncovered by the Problem Solvers through a public records request ...
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Florence officials mum on vote to terminate City Manager Mike Patterson

After an executive session , the Florence City Council unanmously voted to terminate City Manager Mike Patterson, but officials are being tight-lipped about their action ...
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