Opinion: Colorado has a public transparency problem

Met Media (MSU Denver): The deafening silence from Colorado law enforcement will continue for the foreseeable future.

On March 4, government officials and police departments across Colorado — including the Auraria Campus Police Department — argued at the Capitol that journalists should not have access to police scanners. 

The transportation committee agreed and struck down House Bill 20-1282, which would have forced agencies to open their scanners to the press.

The police argue that encrypting scanners protects officer safety and derided the bipartisan legislation’s vague language — which used “media’’ as an umbrella term. But some police and government representatives also said they are transparent enough with open records laws. That last argument shows that they are more opaque than not.

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