What Denver police can learn from Seattle’s de-escalation policy

May 17, 2017

Last January, the Denver Police Department re-drafted its use-of-force policy in an attempt to better meet community standards for policing. Unfortunately, the department’s efforts fell short of the public’s expectations on several levels. Courtesy photo Perhaps the biggest issue was the complaint by groups who said they felt left out...

President’s law-and-order stance carries dangerous potential

May 17, 2017

This piece is the opinion of its author Soul Ashemu wants the Denver Police to stop murdering black youth in his community. Stock image The CEO of Soul Progressive, a Denver-based movement rooted in progressive politics, took to Facebook Live on May 4 to publically condemn a basketball game that...

The Thin Blue Veil

May 17, 2017

Why is it so hard to get police records in Colorado? On the night of January 15, 2015, Aurora Police Department officers shot and killed Kavonda Payton. Denver police on patrol downtown during 2008 Democratic National Convention. Local news reports from the Denver Post and 7News covered the shooting the...


‘Suicide by Cop’ an increasing burden for police who are threatened by armed citizens

May 17, 2017

One October morning in 2016, Brandon Simmons walked up to the Champions Center on the University of Colorado Boulder campus wielding a 31-inch machete. Stock image He approached the building and scribbled a bevy of words on car windows—”murder,” “disrespect,” “cursing thy father’s name,” “judgment,” The Boulder Daily Camera reported...

Prosecuting Cops: A Lawyer’s Perspective

May 17, 2017

This piece is the opinion of its author, an attorney and a journalist It is extremely rare for Colorado law enforcement to be charged with a crime after shooting people in the line of duty. Colorado's Supreme Court Building On June 23, 2016, a jury convicted former Rocky Ford police...

Report: Police-Involved Shootings Escalate in Colorado

April 12, 2017

Note: This story was produced for The Denver Post and for Public News Service, and ran in the Post’s newspaper on March 5, 2017. Nearly 40 PNS stations ran an audio version of the story, and it also ran on the PNS website . Stock image The number of officer-involved...

Mapping Denver’s officer-involved shootings

April 3, 2017

CU News Corps has mapped every officer-involved shooting reported by the City of Denver from 2015 to now.

Yes on 72 radio advertisement needs context

Oct. 23, 2016

On Tuesday, Colorado residents will vote on Amendment 72, a ballot initiative supporting a $1.75 tax increase on cigarettes and a 22 percent increase of the manufacturer’s list price on tobacco products. The Campaign for a Healthy Colorado , which supports the amendment, recently released a radio ad making various...

The view from the ground

June 23, 2016

Both sides scramble as Brexit vote grows near. London – A huddle of volunteers surrounds Robin Phelps at his table in the Imperial Durbar, a pub located in the middle-class Tooting neighborhood. Phelps, a volunteer coordinator for the “Remain” campaign, directs his charges to neighborhood “sectors,” where they’ll make a...

Thousands rally in London to remember slain MP Jo Cox on what would have been her 42nd birthday

June 23, 2016

London – Thousands gathered in Trafalgar Square Wednesday to remember and pay tribute to Jo Cox, who was assassinated on June 16 while meeting with constituents in Birstall, West Yorkshire. The rally was held in conjunction with other remembrance gatherings around the world on what would have been Cox’s 42nd...