Newman: Colorado’s police reform law will help rein in worst of law enforcement behavior

The Denver Post: 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.

The Law Enforcement Integrity Bill, SB 217, championed by Colorado Rep. Leslie Herod, Rep. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, Sen. Leroy Garcia, and Sen. Rhonda Fields, and signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis on June 19, is a sweeping law that explicitly addresses Colorado’s own troubling history of brutality, racism and lack of accountability, as exemplified in my own civil rights cases seeking justice for people killed by Colorado law enforcement:

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