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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 […]

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 […]

‘We’re going to mobilize every single district’: What’s next for the Denver task force that wants to reimagine policing

BY: - June 1, 2021

For eight months, a group of nearly 100 community members met virtually for two hours every Thursday with a unified goal: to create a roadmap for how Denver could reimagine its approach to public safety. The Denver Task Force to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety — which included over 40 entities representing faith community members, […]

An Inauguration Day like no other: Here’s how Coloradans can watch (or participate) on Wednesday

BY: - January 19, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in on Wednesday amid a global pandemic that has claimed 400,000 American lives and only two weeks after a mob of right-wing extremists emboldened by the sitting president violently breached the U.S. Capitol.  The swearing-in ceremony will take place on the west front of […]

‘We are not going to tolerate that sort of action’: Denver mayor discusses inauguration protest preparations following Capitol attack

BY: - January 12, 2021

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said on Tuesday that “all tools are on the table” to help keep the city safe during anticipated protests leading up to Inauguration Day. Just a week after insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, information surfaced from the FBI about “armed protests” planned at all 50 state capitals in the days leading […]

Police accountability in Denver hampered by lack of documentation during protests

BY: - December 16, 2020

When Nick Mitchell, Denver’s independent law enforcement watchdog, received a formal request from City Council in June to conduct an investigation into the Denver Police Department’s aggressive crowd control methods during the summer protests for racial justice, he wasn’t surprised. “I was already engaged in discussions with a lot of people, including city officials, who […]

Homeless encampment near Capitol cleared by law enforcement, health officials

BY: - July 29, 2020

Law enforcement and Denver public health officials conducted a “sweep” of a large homeless encampment early Wednesday morning in Lincoln Park near the state Capitol building, citing poor health conditions within the camp. Denver Police Department, Colorado State Patrol troopers and city health officials assembled at the park around 6:30 a.m. Residents of the encampment […]