Loophole in Colorado law allows certain officer-involved deaths to avoid public scrutiny

9NEWS (Denver): Not long after David Baker died underneath several Aurora Police officers in late 2018, the city’s police chief joined with the local district attorney to commit to a full and transparent investigation.

It never happened.

Instead, out of the view of the public and three months later, the DA’s office elected to quietly slip a two-paragraph letter to the Aurora Police Department (APD) that said the officers did nothing wrong.

Had those officers shot Baker that night, the DA would have been required by state law to justify the lack of charges by posting the reasoning online on the DA’s website.

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