Yesterday, Lou Kilzer with the Rocky Mountain News published an article about the city of Denver’s new policing strategy. The report detailed efforts by the city to bring down crime and increase declining arrest rates. What the report did not detail however, were important points regarding Denver’s new program.
In fact, one omission was who actually paid for it.From the article:
Partially True: Actually, the city hired three consultants from the Hanover Justice Group-one of which was Kelling. The city did not pay for these consultants though, as a non-profit called the Denver Police Foundation agreed to take the bill. According to the contract, Kelling was paid $290 per hour, and his two co-workers were paid less at $225 and $145 per hour. (See contract paper here.)
In broken windows, officers aggressively police not only the 911 calls, but minor offenses as well. Police say the concept has been embraced by the rank-and-file.
What You Don’t Know: While Kelling is claiming to have introduced “broken windows” to Denver, the city says that’s not the reason he was hired.
In a July 28th article that appeared in the Confidential (also written by this author) Jeremy Bronson, Special Assistant to the Mayor, was quoted saying that the city “didn’t hire George Kelling and the Hanover Justice Group specifically to come implement broken windows in Denver…we hired this consulting organization because the work that they’ve done on a very consistent basis makes police departments more effective….”
In November, after a police altercation left Thomas Armstrong clinging to life, Whitman did not wait for a district attorney’s report.
He said almost immediately, “I don’t have any reason to believe the officers did anything wrong.”
In May, after police shot and killed Roberto Gonzalez Jr., Whitman spoke up the next day, saying that officers thought a fake gun was real.
“It looks like a real gun,” Whitman told reporters. “There’s no doubt that it could’ve been perceived as a real weapon.”
What You Don’t Know: Denver Police Chief Gerald Whitman, who is quoted in the article, is connected to the Denver Police Foundation-the group that bankrolled the consultants from the beginning.
This fact went unreported in the Rocky Mountain News article.
What You Don’t Know: In the case of Frank Lobato, Denver Manager of Safety Al LaCabe found discrepancies with the officer’s report that Lobato was holding a soda can and physical evidence. Forensics found that the can in question had no finger prints on it, or saliva.