Statetap: Racism and Colorado law enforcement

Statetap: Racism and Colorado law enforcement

Ferguson is everywhere; Ferguson is Denver. A look at racism in local law enforcement, via the Denver Post.

The race for mayor of Colorado Springs, slated for this April, is starting to get crowded. On Monday, young, feisty council member Joel Miller announced he’s resigning from City Council to run for mayor, the Gazette reported. He joins former state Attorney General John Suthers, County Commissioner Amy Lathen and former mayor Mary Lou Makepeace in the field of Republican contenders for the city’s executive branch.

statetap After what is likely Boulder’s eighth outdoor death of a homeless person this year, everyone’s trying desperately to figure out why there’s been such a surge. Via the Daily Camera.

On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the “psychic harm” suffered by nonbelievers by the governor’s right to issue Day of Prayer proclamations isn’t “injury sufficient to establish individual standing” — the grounds they would need to successfully sue. The case was filed back in 2008, when then-governor Bill Ritter spoke at the Colorado Day of Prayer at the Capitol building in Denver. “Public officials today should be as free to issue prayer proclamations as the founders of America and Colorado were,” Michael Norton, a former Colorado U.S. attorney and attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom, told the Durango Herald‘s Peter Marcus.

Wind turbine plants – like Vestas in Pueblo – are at risk of financial loss, as the federal wind power tax credit is set to expire this year. President Obama lobbied for it hard at the start of his second term, but now with Republicans slated to control both chambers of Congress, the wind power tax credit is squarely in the crosshairs of conservatives that make up a de facto fossil fuel-industry voting bloc on Capitol Hill. Via the Pueblo Chieftain.

Were it not for an obscure law passed in the state legislature over 30 years ago, the marijuana industry’s new credit union slated to open next year might’ve never even been legally possible. David Migoya at the Cannabist explains.

Bidding on that dinosaur head in Durango – the one that was mysteriously placed atop a public statue in town, stolen by a bunch of teenagers, then released from the police department’s evidence locker to a local art studio – has soared to $1,000 this weekend, reports the Durango Herald‘s Chase Olivarius-Mcallister. The Colorado Independent remains fiercely committed to keeping you up-to-date on this critically important developing story.

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Nat Stein

Nat Stein is a Denver-based reporter. Check out her other work at Cipher magazine, KRCC public radio, Jacobin magazine and In These Times.

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