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Report: ICE plans to target Denver, other ‘sanctuary cities’ for immigration enforcement

BY: - October 1, 2020

Citing anonymous officials, the Washington Post reported Sept. 29 that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was planning an “immigration enforcement blitz” in several so-called “sanctuary cities” — including Denver — that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials. The operation could begin in California as soon as this week, the Post reported, and then expand to […]

Virginia lawmakers warn of ‘deteriorating’ conditions in two federal prisons amid COVID-19 spread

BY: - September 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — Members of the Virginia congressional delegation from both political parties are pressing the U.S. Department of Justice’s internal watchdogs to include two state correctional facilities in the agency’s ongoing inspections during the pandemic. In a Sept. 24 letter to DOJ’s inspector general, the lawmakers raised concerns about unsafe health and safety procedures, COVID-19 […]

COMMENTARY

McClain protesters face excessive force of the law

BY: - September 27, 2020

Community members have long called for criminal charges against the Aurora police officers involved in the August 2019 death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain, who was walking home from a convenience store when officers confronted him. But it’s the very people seeking justice for McClain who now face charges. The message from authorities is that cops […]

Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, and D.C. girds for a fight

BY: - September 26, 2020

President Donald Trump at the White House on Saturday introduced federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee, setting off a confirmation battle that could secure a conservative court for generations.  “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect and sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution,” Trump said […]

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 […]

‘Fight tooth and nail’: Democrats want hardball from party leaders on Supreme Court fight

BY: - September 22, 2020

As it becomes increasingly clear that President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans plan to quickly confirm a Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many Democrats are vowing payback — but so far, top Colorado Democrats aren’t among them. A spokesperson for Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, did not answer directly […]

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. […]

Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick by Friday or Saturday

BY: - September 21, 2020

President Donald Trump said Monday that he would announce a replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by either Friday or Saturday. During a morning interview on “Fox and Friends,” the president said the administration wanted to pay its respects to Ginsburg, who died Friday night from complications with cancer, before […]

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 […]

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 […]