Criminal Justice:

Denver protestors — and the cops watching them — peaceful after Ferguson decision

Denver officials were concerned about demonstrations turning violent after the ruling was announced, but protesters for the most part remained peaceful....

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November 25, 2014 Criminal Justice, The Beats, The Mix

Black clergy calls for police restraint around possible Ferguson-related protests

If they believed justice were in fact color blind, African American community leaders wouldn’t be calling for police restraint to insure protestor safety in anticipation of a grand jury decision out of Ferguson, Missouri. ...

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November 19, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, The Beats, The Mix

Faith leaders target Denver mayor in wake of Booker verdict

DENVER — There were balloons on the front steps of Denver’s detention center Tuesday. Lots of them, in red, black and green. Holding the strings […]...

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October 15, 2014 Criminal Justice, The Mix

Jury hands down historic ruling in Denver deadly excessive-force trial

A federal jury has delivered what may be the costliest verdict yet in a Denver excessive force case. The $4.6 million jury award to Marvin […]...

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October 14, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, In-Depth, The Beats, The Mix

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


Honoring a whistleblower

Please join us Thursday, December 11, for the presentation of The Colorado Independent’s first annual whistleblower award.

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Global warming takes bite out of Colorado ski season

Normally temperatures at resort elevations this time of year drop into the teens and 20s every night. This season, only a few light frosts have tinged the valleys, leaving the slopes bare and dry.

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News Poem: ‘Law’

For the clatter of broken bullets / four hours on the pavement

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