Mayor Michael Hancock

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 […]

‘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, […]

‘I want to see the plan’: Denver residents press city officials over inaction on homelessness

BY: - April 1, 2021

“Why does there seem to be more resources in our county jails or state prisons than there are out here?” “We can’t afford to do laundry for $7 a load. What can you do to help us with that?” “Why are officers taking people’s propane tanks away while they’re sleeping, saying that’s a public safety […]

Denver officials didn’t give notice before large-scale homeless sweeps in part to avoid protests, federal judge writes

BY: - January 27, 2021

A federal judge issued a ruling on Monday requiring Denver city officials to give seven days notice before clearing most homeless encampments, or two days notice if the area is deemed dangerous to public health and safety. The preliminary injunction was issued by Judge William J. Martinez on Jan. 25 after three days of evidentiary […]

‘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 […]

‘I’m so tired of the sweeps’: Denver clears out homeless encampment

BY: - October 6, 2020

Denver residents Sophie Elias and her husband have lived in a tent at the corner of 14th Avenue and Logan Street for the past month and a half. They got married last month and moved to the area after the homeless encampment in front of Morey Middle School was dispersed in early August.  On Tuesday […]