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Moe Clark

Moe Clark

Moe Clark is a freelance journalist and former Colorado Newsline reporter who covered criminal justice, housing, homelessness and other social issues.

Hundreds gather in Denver to protest Breonna Taylor grand jury outcome

By: - September 24, 2020

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Colorado Capitol at 6 p.m. on Wednesday following a grand jury announcement in Kentucky that two of the three Louisville police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death would not face criminal charges. “Today wasn’t justice. That’s not what justice looks like,” Shenika Carter, a community activist with the organization […]

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‘Blueprint’ of reforms would help state address suicide, substance abuse

By: - September 23, 2020

On Feb. 7, only three days after her daughter Olivia’s 13th birthday, Vickie Zacher’s worst nightmare became a reality. “I do feel my daughter could have been saved, but she was just a number being pushed through the system that failed us,” said Zacher, who spoke during a press conference on Wednesday about how she […]

Crowd outside Gardner’s Denver office demands Supreme Court seat be left open

By: - September 21, 2020

A crowd of about 50 people on Monday gathered outside Sen. Cory Gardner’s office in downtown Denver to demand a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court remain open until after the Nov. 3 presidential election or inauguration in January. The vacancy was created by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. […]

District attorney races

By: and - September 20, 2020

There are 22 judicial districts in Colorado. Each is served by a district attorney, who represents the state in prosecuting criminal cases. Every district attorney position is up for election in November, but only six districts have candidates from both major parties running for election. Click on the map to the left to find out […]

Who will replace District Attorney Dave Young after November?

By: - September 18, 2020

District Attorney Dave Young announced on Thursday that his office has filed felony charges against five community activists who helped orchestrate protests throughout July to demand justice for Elijah McClain — a 23-year-old Black man who died days after a violent encounter with Aurora police in August 2019. Young’s office, which encompasses Adams and Broomfield […]

57% of Aurora police bodycam videos contained interrupted footage, audit finds

By: - September 17, 2020

An independent city audit of the Aurora Police Department found significant gaps in policies around the use of body-worn cameras, including interrupted video footage, lack of review by supervisors and miscategorizations within the department’s tracking system. “There are some areas where APD is doing well, such as activating cameras when arriving on scene,” said Michelle […]

Aurora City Council temporarily bans ketamine use while city investigates Elijah McClain’s death

By: - September 14, 2020

Aurora City Council members on Monday voted unanimously to temporarily ban the use of ketamine until the city’s independent review of its usage is published. The resolution directs Aurora Fire Rescue and city-contracted officials to halt the practice until the city’s independent investigation by D.C.-based attorney Jonathan Smith is completed. The moratorium will expire 30 […]

Water speculators could face more obstacles based on work by new group

By: - September 12, 2020

Some feel like it’s something straight out of a dystopian movie. Others say it’s already happening: out-of-state companies purchasing Colorado water rights as an investment for when water gets so scarce that the price skyrockets. “Water speculators aren’t in the business of using the water, they’re in the business of owning the water for future […]

Proposed ban on police use of tear gas postponed by Aurora public safety committee

By: - September 10, 2020

Members of Aurora’s public safety policy committee tabled a proposal on Thursday that aimed to ban the use of tear gas by law enforcement and limit the use of pepper spray. The ordinance, introduced by City Council members Juan Marcano, Alison Coombs and Crystal Murillo, would have directed the Aurora Police Department to implement a […]

‘Way more students’: Spike in homelessness feared in Colorado school districts

By: - September 10, 2020

During a typical academic school year, staff members are trained to spot warning signs of student homelessness: unwashed clothes, numerous missed days of school, drawings showing 20 or more people living in the same shelter space.  Once identified, a student is referred to the state’s K-12 homeless education program, created by the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless […]

Colorado’s sweeping police accountability law is historic. What’s next?

By: - September 3, 2020

When protests ignited in Colorado in response to the death of George Floyd in May, Denise Maes was working 12-hour days for weeks straight on what became Colorado’s sweeping police accountability law.  “I have a little bit of PTSD over it, frankly. It was really stressful,” said Maes, public policy director for the American Civil […]

Summer of racial reckoning: Hundreds march to condemn police violence and racism

By: - August 31, 2020

Several hundred protesters took to the streets on Sunday to participate in a march from Aurora to Denver to denounce police brutality and systemic racism, and to stand in solidarity with Black lives. Community members gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Aurora around 2 p.m. to hear speeches from organizers and families […]