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Aurora police consistently break the law through racially biased policing and excessive force, attorney general finds

The Aurora Police Department consistently violates state and federal law in a pattern of racially biased policing and excessive use of force, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office concluded after a year-long investigation into the agency. The department, which has been mired in a string of headline-grabbing controversies in recent years, also fails to record legally […]

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The Colorado attorney general’s review of Elijah McClain’s death is unprecedented. Here’s how it may go.

Gov. Jared Polis’ decision to appoint Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser as special prosecutor to review the death last year of Elijah McClain after an encounter with Aurora police and paramedics is extraordinary. In fact, it’s so unusual that experts can’t remember a similar instance in which a district attorney’s decision-making received a second look […]

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Carotid holds would now be banned under Colorado’s police accountability bill, which is nearing passage

The wide-reaching Colorado police accountability bill nearing passage in the state legislature would ban officers from using controversial carotid pressure holds, which were central to the death last year of a 23-year-old man in Aurora after an encounter with law enforcement.  The ban on the maneuver, in which officers apply pressure to both sides of […]

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Colorado poised to revisit murder law that can send people to prison for life — even when they didn’t kill anyone

Jeff Johnson. Lisl Auman. Curtis A. Brooks. All three were convicted of first-degree murder in Colorado, which carries an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole. None of them killed anyone.  But Colorado’s felony murder law, similar to statutes across the nation, allows for defendants to be charged and found guilty of first-degree murder […]

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These employees survived the Planned Parenthood shooting. They say the organization could have done more to help them.

Cristina Jiminez, assistant manager of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, felt the “warm whisper” of a bullet passing by her head as she hid on the floor of a bathroom during a gunman’s five-hour rampage in 2015.  Lindsey Raymond, a health center assistant, holed up in a room with a patient she’d never […]

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Gov. Polis orders investigation into district attorney on Colorado’s Eastern Plains

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has ordered the attorney general to investigate unspecified allegations of “potential criminal activity” by an elected prosecutor in the northeastern corner of the state. The Aug. 15 order doesn’t say what District Attorney Brittny Lewton is accused of doing. Lewton’s attorney, Stan Garnett, said Friday Lewton denies any wrongdoing in her […]