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Opinion: The Denver police ban on food trucks is a smokescreen for its own irresponsibility

When powerful people make mistakes, they tend to blame less powerful people. The Denver Police Department is powerful. Denver’s food-truck owners, not so much.  This power dynamic — not public safety — is the reason Denver’s city government recently banned food trucks from operating in Lower Downtown on weekends. It is also why the city […]

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Five bystanders injured in downtown Denver as police officers shoot at man authorities say was armed

Five people were hurt in Lower Downtown Denver early Sunday when police officers shot a man they say was armed as bars in the crowded entertainment district let out. The five people, three women and two men, are expected to survive their injuries. They appear to have been innocent bystanders wounded in officers’ crossfire. The […]

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$14M jury award for Denver protesters could resonate around US

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A federal jury’s $14 million award to Denver protesters hit with pepper balls and a bag filled with lead during 2020 demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis could resonate nationwide as courts weigh more than two dozen similar lawsuits. The jury found police used excessive force against […]

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Trial over Denver police’s use of force during George Floyd protests begins in federal court

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press The trial for a lawsuit accusing Denver police of using indiscriminate force two years ago against people protesting the killing of George Floyd started Monday in federal court with a lawyer describing officers shooting pepper balls at people filming the protests or standing outside their homes. Timothy Macdonald, one […]

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Denver police investigate after box of human heads being transported for medical research is stolen

Denver police are investigating the theft of a box containing human heads from a parked freight company truck, officials said Saturday. The box was being transported for medical research purposes, police said in an email. Someone broke into the truck while it was parked between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, Denver television station KDVR reported. The blue-and-white […]