Police accountability in Denver hampered by lack of documentation during protests

Colorado Newsline: When Nick Mitchell, Denver’s independent law enforcement watchdog, received a formal request from City Council in June to conduct an investigation into the Denver Police Department’s aggressive crowd control methods during the summer protests for racial justice, he wasn’t surprised.

“I was already engaged in discussions with a lot of people, including city officials, who had concerns about what was happening,” said Mitchell, who was appointed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock in 2012 as the city’s independent monitor for the Denver police and sheriff departments. 

To conduct the investigation, Mitchell and his team at the Office of the Independent Monitor reviewed hundreds of hours of video and audio footage, conducted dozens of interviews with law enforcement officers, and examined existing documents and reports compiled during the actions.

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