Justice

DA in Colorado’s 17th district drops charges against five Elijah McClain protest leaders

BY: - May 7, 2021

District Attorney Brian Mason announced on Thursday that he will dismiss all felony and misdemeanor charges filed in the 17th Judicial District against five people who led protests last summer demanding justice for Elijah McClain, who died after a violent encounter with Aurora police in August 2019. “I have an ethical obligation to only proceed […]

Gun control bill, aimed at strengthening background checks, wins House committee’s approval

BY: - May 7, 2021

A controversial gun control bill, which sponsors introduced in response to the March mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers, passed its first hurdle May 5 at the Colorado Capitol. Rep. Judy Amabile — the Boulder Democrat whose district includes the King Soopers where 10 people were massacred March 22 — is sponsoring House Bill […]

COMMENTARY

All I want for Mother’s Day is for lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 62

BY: - May 7, 2021

Every year before Mother’s Day I pull out The Action Network’s link to its Black Mamas Bail Out fund to donate. I join dozens of other organizations in cities across the nation to bail out as many mothers as possible who may otherwise spend Mother’s Day in jail because they simply could not afford cash […]

Alec Garnett

Colorado Democrats unveil gun control bills in aftermath of Boulder shooting

BY: - April 30, 2021

State Democrats on Thursday announced a trio of bills aimed at addressing gun violence, weeks after the March 22 mass shooting in Boulder. The proposals include removing Colorado’s prohibition on local gun regulations, strengthening background checks, and establishing an office focused on gun violence prevention and intervention. Not on the menu, at least for now: […]

State lawmaker describes BLM protest as anti-government

BY: - April 30, 2021

Earlier this year, Alan Kennedy, a captain in the Colorado National Guard, emailed state lawmakers to let them know he had sued his commanders after they reprimanded him last year for attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Denver last May.  Kennedy said he was hoping lawmakers would show their support. But one made a […]

COMMENTARY

Without lawyer, immigrants face intimidation and complex system alone

BY: - April 29, 2021

For centuries, people of all backgrounds have fled persecution seeking a better life and opportunities for their families. Coming from a Jewish background, my ancestors struggled for centuries to find a place where they were safe and welcome. Just like many Americans, my great-great grandparents immigrated to the United States because of its promises of […]

Boulder City Council gives initial OK for $2.7M to clear homeless encampments and hire more ‘eyes on the ground’

BY: - April 29, 2021

Boulder City Council members on Tuesday night gave the green light for city staff to move forward with four proposals that would ultimately increase the policing of people experiencing homelessness and the enforcement of the city’s camping ban.  Council members unanimously supported creating an encampment cleanup team to be located within the city’s Utilities Department. […]

Colorado AG launching independent investigation into air-quality whistleblower complaint

BY: - April 27, 2021

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is moving to launch an independent investigation of allegations made last month by a group of whistleblowers that the state’s air-quality agency has for years illegally issued permits to industrial polluters. In a request for information issued on Monday, the Colorado Department of Law solicited proposals from outside law firms […]

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Even with moratorium extension, an eviction crisis looms. Right-to-counsel laws give renters a better chance.

BY: and - April 23, 2021

The timeless trope of the Miranda warning is familiar to most anyone who’s watched a post-Perry Mason police questioning: The U.S. Constitution guarantees criminal defendants the right to an attorney — including court-appointed advocates for those who can’t afford one. Far fewer realize such broad federal protections don’t extend to civil law, including for those […]

People leaving prison would get Colorado ID cards under state bill

BY: - April 23, 2021

People leaving the prison system often have to jump through hoops to get a state-issued identification card. For them, it’s just another obstacle in the way of securing a new job, finding housing or reuniting with family members. An agreement between Colorado agencies already removes that obstacle for many people. It’s aimed at reducing their […]

Landmark police reform law from 2020 would get a boost under follow-up legislation

BY: - April 23, 2021

Last June, as protests in Denver, Minneapolis and across the nation highlighted police violence and racial injustice, the Colorado General Assembly passed landmark legislation aimed at holding law enforcement officers accountable for wrongdoing. Now, that 2020 law’s Democratic House sponsor, Rep. Leslie Herod of Denver, is following up with another wide-ranging bill. With House Bill […]

Coloradans could know as soon as Friday whether the state will gain another seat in Congress

BY: - April 22, 2021

Coloradans will soon know whether the state will gain another congressional seat for the next election — a key question that will shape the state’s once-in-a-decade redistricting process. Carly Hare, an unaffiliated voter and chair of the state’s newly formed independent congressional redistricting commission, announced during the group’s public meeting on Wednesday that the U.S. […]