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EVENT: A conversation about mental illness and law enforcement in rural...

Next month will mark the year anniversary of Daniel Pierce’s death. The newcomer to the rural northwest Colorado community of Rangely was suffering from...

Proposed “red flag” law introduced with bipartisan support but dies in...

This story was updated on May 8 to indicate that the bill died in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.  State lawmakers introduced...

Senate Republicans say no to legal immigrants serving in law enforcement

Should legal immigrants be police officers in Colorado? Senate Republicans say no, and today passed a bill on straight party lines that would bar...

Move to strengthen Denver’s police accountability office moves past first hurdle

Denver has moved one step closer to ensuring permanent civilian oversight of its police and sheriff departments. The City Council’s Governance and Charter Review Committee...

Why Westerners die at the hands of cops

This story originally appeared on High Country News.  Rancher Jack Yantis was eating dinner on a Sunday in early November when the Adams County sheriff’s...

Planned Parenthood clinics open Monday. Shooting investigation begins.

Planned Parenthood clinics will open on Monday after Friday’s attack on the Colorado Springs office that left three dead and nine injured. “We will...

Eyewitness ID reform: Moving right along in Colorado

When State Sen. Ellen Roberts summoned the only person signed up to testify against the eyewitness identification reform bill, there was no response. He didn't show.

Passing the bud in the high country: Vail council bans pot...

Vail police last week successfully lobbied the town council to temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries, essentially passing the bud to the next council to...

Fed’s fusion center analysis notes privacy risks, mission creep

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cares about your privacy. Really. And to prove it, the secretive agency established for "preserving our freedoms" recently released a report assessing the job of fusion centers — the intelligence-sharing operation that mashes national security data with suspicious-activity law enforcement reports for state, local and federal authorities. In an interesting moment of synchronicity with civil liberties advocates, DHS admits, yeah, there may be a few problems.

Denver police take the Olympic gold in rambling racist rantings

Just as the Denver Police Department is getting ready to rumble — rolling out its brand new pepperball launchers and other riot toyz, the newsweekly Westword has pulled a dusty video out of some basement vault showing a 1979 recruiting class being berated by a commanding officer as “niggers,” beaners,” “greasers” and “homos,” demanding Jewish recruits ID themselves and questions women on their promiscuity. The shocking video, nearly 20 minutes long, may be old, but it doesn’t exactly promote the Mile High City as forward thinking at a particularly crucial moment.