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“Just unprecedented”: Aurora Police saw 60% rise in officers leaving department last year

By Quincy Snowdon, Sentinel Colorado The number of officers who left the Aurora Police Department last year rose by more than 60% from 2019, according to Human Resources data slated to be presented to a city council panel Thursday. A total of 87 police personnel left or were jettisoned from the department in 2020 — […]

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Colorado lawmakers may change when police can intervene in a protest after summer of unrest

Colorado law enforcement would be barred from breaking up a protest unless there is an imminent threat of violence or major property damage from a “significant” number of people acting in unison, under legislation introduced Tuesday at the state legislature. Senate Bill 31 comes in response to unrest last summer following the killing of George […]

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3 juveniles arrested in northeast Denver fire that killed 5 members of Senegalese family

Three juvenile males have been arrested in connection with a northeast Denver house fire last year that killed five members of a Senegalese family, police announced Wednesday. The arrests were announced at a news conference with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver Police Department Chief Paul Pazen. The suspects — two who are 16 years […]

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Man charged after human remains found in suitcases in Denver

A man who was arrested after human remains were found in two large suitcases near a trail in southwest Denver has been charged with first-degree murder and tampering with a corpse. Denver District Attorney Beth McCann announced the charges Tuesday against 28-year-old Benjamin Satterthwaite, who is accused of killing and dismembering 33-year-old Joshua Lockard. Police […]

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Human remains found in pair of large suitcases in southwest Denver

Police are investigating after human remains were found in two large suitcases near a trail in southwest Denver. Lt. Matt Clark with the Denver Police Department’s Major Crimes Division said during a news conference Wednesday that city workers were clearing snow from the sidewalks in a residential area near Sanderson Gulch on Tuesday morning when […]

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Denver police used excessive violence, didn’t turn on body cameras during George Floyd protests, report says

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America Denver police didn’t have a cohesive plan for handling large racial injustice protests that erupted last summer following the death of George Floyd, according to a report made public Tuesday by Denver’s independent police monitor. The lack of a plan fueled chaos and deepened the rift between […]

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Denver police identify 9News security guard arrested in fatal protest shooting

Denver police on Sunday identified the 9News security guard arrested in a fatal shooting during a protest downtown Saturday afternoon. Matthew Dolloff, 30, is being held for investigation of first-degree murder. 9News said he worked for the private security company Pinkerton. “This remains an active investigation,” the Denver Police Department said in a tweet. “Any […]

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Shooting amid Denver protests leaves man dead; 9News security guard detained as suspect

A shooting Saturday afternoon in Denver amid chaotic political protests left a man dead and police have taken a security guard working for a television station into custody as a suspect. Denver police said the shooting happened about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of West 14th Avenue and Broadway, just outside of the Denver Art […]