Excessive force, poor communication marred Denver police response to George Floyd protests, independent monitor finds

The Denver Post: The Denver Police Department’s response to massive racial justice protests in late May and early June was beset with poor communication, multiple examples of excessive force, and inadequate record-keeping that made it difficult for police leaders to evaluate decision-making, an investigation by the city’s independent monitor found.

The 94-page investigative report, released Tuesday, for the first time offers an overview and analysis of the department’s decisions, policy violations and mistakes during the first five days of George Floyd protests in Denver, some of the largest in the city’s history.

Incomplete or nonexistent records inhibited the department’s ability to track officers’ actions, evaluate the effectiveness of tactical plans and make changes to those strategies, according to Independent Monitor Nick Mitchell’s report.

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