Justice

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 […]

Cities and states look to crack down on ‘less-lethal’ weapons used by police

BY: - September 4, 2020

By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News, and Kevin McCoy and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY Following nationwide protests against police brutality in which law enforcement officers wounded or blinded protesters, state and local lawmakers and an international police association are taking steps to restrict the use of “less-lethal” weapons that caused the injuries. At least seven […]

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 […]

Advocates push state to resume early prison releases due to coronavirus

BY: - August 28, 2020

The family of Ronald Johnson — a 62-year-old Black grandfather who’s served 22 years in prison for nonviolent drug offenses — worries that his prison sentence might be a death sentence.  “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance,” his daughter Amber said in a statement. “My deep fear is that my […]

‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

BY: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

Hundreds gather in Denver for Jacob Blake, Black man shot by Wisconsin police

BY: - August 25, 2020

Hundreds of community members gathered in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood on Monday night in solidarity with Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man who was shot multiple times in the back by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday. Blake is currently paralyzed from the waist down, according to a tweet from his lawyer, Ben Crump. It […]

Elijah McClain memorial

One year, five investigations and a lawsuit: Community seeks justice for Elijah McClain

BY: - August 22, 2020

When Lindsay Minter, an Aurora-based community activist, closes her eyes at the end of every day, the violent scene that led to Elijah McClain’s death last August plays through her mind like a movie reel. Her heart aches when she thinks of how McClain’s mother, Sheenan, has been forced to grieve her son’s death in […]

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats will retire in January

BY: - August 19, 2020

Nathan B. Coats, the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, will retire in January, the court announced on Wednesday. Coats has served as chief justice since 2018, and was appointed as a justice on the court by Gov. Bill Owens in 2000. He will reach the Colorado Constitution’s mandatory retirement age of 72 in […]

Mass pardons for past marijuana crimes offer hope for thousands

BY: - August 18, 2020

Back in 2006 — six years before Colorado voters legalized possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use — Colorado Springs Police Department officers arrested then-19-year-old Michael Diaz-Rivera for what he says was less than 1 ounce of marijuana, a misdemeanor. But the marijuana was in two separate bags, Diaz-Rivera said, giving […]

Bias against Black people found in Colorado bail reform tool

BY: - August 14, 2020

On Oct. 8, 2018, Samuel Bouknight was arrested on Colfax Avenue and booked into the Denver city jail for driving under the influence of alcohol. A pretrial officer then scored Bouknight using a 12-question survey designed to predict whether he would miss his court date or commit a new crime if released from jail. He […]

Colorado one of 10 states selected for program to improve impaired driving data

BY: - August 10, 2020

Colorado will receive help from the National Governors Association to modernize its data collection practices for impaired driving. It is one of 10 states chosen to work with the NGA through a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “In the past, a lot of (states’ data) tracking was geared toward alcohol-related […]