Criminal Justice:

Wiretap: Utilities hate your rooftop solar panels, of course

What's the fuss? This: If 10 percent of the energy market were to go to rooftop solar, utility earnings could take as much as a 40 percent hit....

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September 30, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics, The Beats, The Mix

Excessive-force trial throws spotlight on notorious Denver jail

For more than four years, Denver’s official story on Marvin Booker has been that he died of natural causes, coincidentally while under a pile of deputies who had handcuffed, nunchucked, choked and Tasered him....

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September 22, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, The Beats, The Mix

Protesters, police keep calm at demonstration for Denver youth shot by police

A mixed bag of slam poets, parents and activists gathered Saturday to protest the July 2 police shooting of a 20-year-old. With video. ...

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September 1, 2014 Criminal Justice, The Mix

Littwin: Death penalty politics, gutsy and easy

  THE death penalty story is back. John Hickenlooper and Complete Colorado joined forces — sort of — to once again put the issue front […]...

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August 26, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Elections 2014, Littwin, Littwin Columns, Politics, The Beats

Oklahoma sued over botched execution

  Oklahoma state officials need to stop shrouding information about its executions, according to a lawsuit filed today. The suit, filed by The Oklahoma Observer […]...

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August 25, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, The Mix, Uncategorized

Littwin: A sudden calm in Ferguson

  THE story isn’t over. A young man is still dead. We still don’t know what happened. A community is still outraged. The protests will […]...

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August 15, 2014 Criminal Justice, Littwin, Littwin Columns, Politics, The Beats

Sheriff’s employee of the month punched inmate posing no threat

  Here we go again. Yet another video of another Denver sheriff’s officer beating an inmate without provocation. The latest shows Deputy Steven Valerio punching […]...

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July 25, 2014 Criminal Justice, In-Depth

Troubling new video shows excessive force was ordered at Denver jail

  Days after Mayor Michael Hancock ousted Gary Wilson as Denver’s sheriff, a new video underscores the depth of excessive force problems that led to […]...

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July 25, 2014 Criminal Justice, In-Depth

Littwin: Counting the gasps

  THIS is the modern story of the death penalty. It begins with a horrific crime and ends, 25 years later, with a botched execution, […]...

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July 25, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Littwin, Littwin Columns, Politics, The Beats

One day into job, backstory unfolds about interim sheriff’s criminal record

  The city of Denver regularly checks the backgrounds of people it arrests and incarcerates. Why, then, did Michael Hancock’s administration apparently not know about […]...

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July 22, 2014 Criminal Justice, In-Depth, The Beats

Climate paradox: More snow, less water?

Juggling Colorado’s already stretched water resources is going to get even tougher in the decades ahead.

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Mike Keefe’s animal magnetism

The Colorado Independent and Beacon Reader have joined forces to help bring Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Mike Keefe’s work back to Colorado readers on a weekly basis.

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Watch: Pulitzer-winning Mike Keefe talks cartooning, independent media

Mike Keefe has been a Colorado editorial cartoonist for three decades. He left the downsizing Denver Post in 2011, the year after he won a Pulitzer prize, and now he’s working with the Colorado Independent. Join our virtual event.

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