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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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Editorial: Closed session information was worth revealing

It’s important for news reporters to be good listeners. It’s also important that they and their editors carefully consider whether the public needs to know what they’ve heard ...
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Newman: Colorado’s police reform law will help rein in worst of law enforcement behavior

The death of yet another Black man by police – this time George Floyd – has mobilized not just the nation, but the entire world. Law enforcement violence against people of color is nothing new; it has plagued this country for centuries. Alarmingly, Colorado law enforcement is among the most brutal in the nation, and Colorado taxpayers have paid millions in excessive force verdicts and settlements ...
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Denver public safety director pledges to protect the press, improve journalists’ access and safety

Denver’s public safety director Murphy Robinson held an online meeting with journalists to discuss how press can be ensured access and safety when covering events that involve the city’s law enforcement ...
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As temp order expires, Denver agrees to restrict use of less-lethal force

Three weeks after a federal lawsuit was filed against the City of Denver regarding how law enforcement authorities were using less-lethal munitions against protesters, the plaintiffs and Denver officials have reached an agreement on some of the issues in that case ...
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