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Cost of state investigation into Aurora Police Department is $2.3M

BY: - September 23, 2021

A state investigation into the Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Rescue had a total price tag of nearly $2.3 million, according to a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office. The majority of the cost was covered by outside organizations and law enforcement experts who donated their time instead of billing the state. The attorney […]

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How our laws block people from turning their lives around

BY: - September 22, 2021

What should the penalty be for someone convicted of a minor, nonviolent drug offense? Many on the left would say none at all, while some on the right would demand jail time or state-mandated rehab. Whatever their politics, nearly all Coloradans would agree that something as severe as a lifetime of penalties, with possible unemployment […]

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a former Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged […]

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Aurora Police Department has pattern of racial bias and excessive force, investigation finds

BY: - September 16, 2021

The Aurora Police Department has a pattern and practice of violating residents’ legal rights, state-appointed investigators declared in a 112-page report published Wednesday. Aurora police showed a pattern and practice of racially biased policing, excessive use of force and “failing to record required information when it interacts with the community,” according to the investigators, who […]

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Lawsuit alleges inadequate mental health care for Colorado teens

BY: - September 8, 2021

A federal class-action lawsuit filed Friday alleges the state shirked its duty to Medicaid-eligible teenagers unable to obtain care for mental health and substance use disorders in Colorado. Three anonymous teenage plaintiffs are being supported in the legal action by the state chapter of Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. The plaintiffs — whose lawsuit […]

House reconciliation package would provide path to citizenship

BY: - September 7, 2021

A provision tucked in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package would direct Congress to chart a path for citizenship for millions of undocumented people. If passed, the House provision would provide a pathway to citizenship for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, often referred to as Dreamers; farmworker workers; those who hold a […]

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Officers, paramedics charged in McClain’s death post bond

BY: - September 2, 2021

Three Aurora police officers and two paramedics who were indicted on manslaughter charges in the death of Elijah McClain turned themselves in to the Glendale Police Service on Wednesday, the service confirmed. “They were processed, posted bond and released,” Capt. Michael Gross of Glendale Police told Newsline in an email. Each of the five people […]

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The whole system was indicted with charges in McClain case

BY: - September 2, 2021

Finally, the beginning of some justice for Elijah McClain. Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser on Wednesday announced felony grand jury indictments against three Aurora police officers and two paramedics involved in McClain’s death. It was a relief, in a case so marred by abuse of power and betrayal of the public trust, to see public […]

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Charges filed in death of Elijah McClain, with investigations still unfolding

BY: - September 2, 2021

Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old massage therapist and self-taught violin player, died in August 2019 after being violently detained and injected with ketamine, a powerful tranquilizer, on his way home. McClain was never suspected of committing a crime — the Aurora police officers who contacted him were responding to a 911 call about someone who looked […]

Aurora police officers face manslaughter charges in Elijah McClain death

BY: - September 1, 2021

Three Aurora police officers and two paramedics each face charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, among other charges, in the death of Elijah McClain, an unarmed Black man, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced Wednesday during a news conference. The indictments, 32 in all, were issued by a Colorado grand jury that had investigated […]

Biden administration launches civil rights investigations of 5 GOP-led states banning school mask requirements

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing, saying those policies could amount to illegal discrimination against students with disabilities. The Biden administration notified the education chiefs in Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, Utah and Oklahoma of the investigations through formal letters Monday.   […]

Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states, including Colorado, and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges […]