Justice

Aurora police chief pleads for calm after released video shows officer beating, choking unarmed man

BY: - July 28, 2021

An Aurora police officer is facing numerous felony assault charges after beating, choking and threatening a nonviolent, unarmed man accused of trespassing, according to court documents. John Haubert, 39, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave after beating an unarmed man with his pistol. Haubert, who has been with the department since 2018, is being […]

Colorado human trafficking outreach campaign receives regional Emmy award

BY: - July 27, 2021

A state outreach campaign focused on educating the public and providing support for victims of human trafficking in Colorado received a regional Emmy award this year. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Heartland Chapter awarded the Colorado Human Trafficking Council a regional Emmy award in the public service announcement category during its 35th […]

Black Coloradans arrested at twice the rate of white people nearly a decade after pot legalization

BY: - July 22, 2021

Though the total number of arrests for adults and juveniles for pot-related crimes has gone down overall since Colorado legalized marijuana in 2012, wide racial disparities persist, a new report finds. The widest disparity is among Black Coloradans, who are arrested at twice the rate of white people for pot-related charges, according to a 180-page […]

Are you a victim of wage theft? Denver will soon have a new investigative unit for that.

BY: - July 20, 2021

Denver’s City Attorney’s Office will soon start cracking down on employers who don’t pay their workers what they are owed. A new city ordinance, unanimously approved by Denver City Council on Monday, makes it a crime to “knowingly refuse to pay a wage or compensation to a worker or falsely deny the amount of a […]

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Colorado first in nation to require web accessibility for government

BY: - July 20, 2021

To the state lawmaker who sponsored legislation for people with disabilities, the success of House Bill 21-1110 is the perfect example of why “representation matters.” After freshman Democratic Rep. David Ortiz of Littleton was elected in 2020, he became the first person who uses a wheelchair to serve in the Colorado General Assembly. This year, […]

‘Our democracy is in peril’: Women risk arrest in voting rights protest in D.C.

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Diane Howard of Cleveland traveled to the nation’s capital with hundreds of other women to urge Congress to pass an elections overhaul and undo new state laws that restrict voting access. A community activist for half a century, Howard said that this is not the first time she’s seen voting rights under attack. […]

Key to disrupting Denver’s homeless-to-jail pipeline? Permanent supportive housing, study finds.

BY: - July 16, 2021

The city of Denver embarked on a five-year experiment in 2016 to see if it could disrupt the city’s robust homeless-to-jail pipeline by providing permanent supportive housing, which couples housing with services such as substance use and mental health treatment.  The results? A “remarkably successful initiative,” said Mary Cunningham, vice president of the Metropolitan Housing […]

Homeless advocates protest city’s camping ban during MLB All-Star Game

BY: - July 14, 2021

As baseball fans flocked to Denver on Tuesday for the MLB All-Star game, a crowd of homeless advocates and people experiencing homelessness gathered at a nearby park to protest the city’s continuous clearing of homeless encampments. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has denied that the city’s recent increase in homeless sweeps are related to the historic […]

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Ethics complaint against Sen. Bob Gardner dismissed by unanimous vote

BY: - July 13, 2021

Five state legislators serving on a bipartisan committee voted unanimously Monday to exonerate a fellow lawmaker, dismissing an ethics complaint against him on all counts. The complaint was filed against Colorado Springs Republican Sen. Bob Gardner, who told Newsline he would like his reputation back. A complaint dated April 21 had accused Gardner of exercising […]

Denver City Council members discuss community push to reimagine public safety

BY: - July 13, 2021

Denver City Council members are inching closer to what will likely be a heated debate regarding the future of policing and public safety in the Mile High City. In May, council members were presented with a 53-page report from a group of nearly 100 community members that spent eight months compiling a “roadmap” for how […]

A wave of new criminal justice laws were enacted in Colorado. Here are the big takeaways.

BY: - July 12, 2021

A requirement that bond hearings occur within 48 hours of arrest. A push to recalibrate the punishments for misdemeanor crimes. An effort to allow more people to seal their criminal records to leave their worst mistakes behind them. Banning law enforcement from directing medical professionals to use the powerful sedative ketamine. These are a few […]

Former Colorado GOP chair denies wrongdoing in case of $280,000 in ‘misappropriated’ Trump PAC funds

BY: - July 9, 2021

The former Colorado Republican Party chair accused of embezzling nearly $280,000 from a pro-Trump super PAC has denied wrongdoing in a new legal filing, claiming that the funds were transferred as legitimate payments for “consulting services” and that PAC officials were aware of the arrangement. The allegations against Ryan Call, who served two terms as […]