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Deputies fatally shoot man at northern Colorado landfill

Authorities in northern Colorado are investigating the fatal shooting of a man by sheriff’s deputies. Two deputies attempted to contact the unidentified man Thursday afternoon at the Larimer County landfill and opened fire, hitting the suspect, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. It did not release any other details about what led […]

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A Colorado officer was convicted of excessive force. He went on to become an interim police chief.

By Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post Jon Geiger’s criminal conviction in an excessive force case was supposed to prevent him from ever again working as a police officer in Colorado. When the former Georgetown officer pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment in 2018 — a conviction that triggers an automatic revocation of an officer’s state certification […]

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Two Denver officers suspended for excessive force during George Floyd protests

Two police officers in Denver have been suspended without pay after city officials said they used excessive force during racial justice protests last year sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Officers Derek Streeter and Diego Archuleta were the first in the department to be disciplined for excessive force during the protests, […]

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Littwin: We can add to our list of excessive use-of-force victims an 80-pound, 73-year-old flower picker in Loveland

There are very few unarmed Black people to hassle or worse in Loveland — or, for that matter, very few Black people of any description in Loveland — so the cops there have to make do with what is available to them. In this case, they didn’t shoot anyone. They didn’t kill anyone. Instead, one […]

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Officer accused of dislocating shoulder of woman with dementia tells fellow officers “ready for the pop?”

By Colleen Slevin, Associated Press A Colorado police officer accused of dislocating the shoulder of a 73-year-old woman with dementia while arresting her seemed to be aware he had injured her. He told fellow officers “ready for the pop?” as he showed them his body camera footage, according to police station surveillance video with enhanced audio that […]

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Colorado has had 201 police-related deaths since 2014. Lawmakers want a better way to investigate them.

From 2014 to 2019, Colorado law enforcement officers shot 309 people, 189 of them fatally, and all but two of those shootings were deemed justified by prosecutors or grand juries. So far in 2020, officers have shot and killed 12 people. That placed the state fifth in the nation for the highest rate of fatal […]

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Fort Collins police defend investigation in fatal shooting case, despite errors noted by prosecutors

The Fort Collins police department is defending its investigation of the 2018 shooting death of a 21-year-old Colorado State University student, even though a judge and prosecutors complained of errors. Colemann Carver pleaded guilty to felony tampering with evidence related to the January 2018 death of his roommate, Finnegan Daly, as part of a deal […]

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Ex-Colorado cop, whose 90-day jail sentence for unlawful sexual contact drew outrage, charged with federal civil rights violation

Federal prosecutors have charged a former Westminster police officer, whose 90-day jail sentence for unlawful sexual contact drew outrage, with a civil rights offense.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado on Monday announced that Curtis Lee Arganbright, 42, faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted of depriving the woman of her civil […]

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Small Colorado town fires police officer it hired despite past complaints at previous law enforcement job

The Springfield Police Department has fired an officer who was hired at the department despite being terminated from his previous law enforcement job for a host of alleged transgressions. Officer Troy Morgan was terminated on Sept. 10, less than six months after he was hired in Springfield. His hiring came after a period of turmoil […]