Thousands — including Denver’s police chief — marched Monday against police violence and the death of George Floyd ‘The only way they will listen to us is if we show up in masses like we have today.’


Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen marches and speaks with demonstrators on Monday, June 1, 2020, as they peacefully protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)Denver’s police chief walked arm-in-arm with anti-racism protesters Monday during a peaceful march that contrasted with several nights of clashes between his officers and demonstrators. “We will stand with you and we will walk with you,” Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen told a crowd at Civic Center Park before joining the march to a park […]

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Denver extends curfew in response to protests 170 arrested after curfew Sunday


Protesters calling for police accountability in the wake of George Floyd’s death march along Emerson Street on Sunday, May 31, near downtown Denver, after the city's 8 p.m. curfew went into effect. (Photo by Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said Monday that the weekend curfew aimed at dispersing protests against police brutality will be extended throughout the week. On Twitter, the mayor said the curfew would begin at 9 p.m. Monday and run through Friday morning. Over the weekend, the curfew had started at 8 p.m. I am extending Denver’s […]

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CFOIC, journalism groups decry law enforcement targeting of reporters and photographers during George Floyd protests


Damage to Denver Post building in Civic Center on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Photo by Susan Greene)On June 1, Colorado Freedom of Information, Colorado Press Association, Colorado Broadcasters Association and the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists sent the following letter to leaders of the Denver Department of Public Safety, the Denver Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado National Guard and to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock […]

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Guest Post: Moving toward justice requires all of us


People protesting the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd line the street outside the Fort Collins Police Department headquarters in Fort Collins, CO on May 29, 2020. (Photo by Tina Griego)“In these uncertain times.” For the past two-and-a-half months, I’ve struggled with this phrase. While much about this moment is, in fact, uncertain – the course this virus will take, what treatments or vaccines may become available and when, how aspects of daily life are changing – there is a whole lot that is certain. […]

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Littwin: Tear gas, anger and confusion on the streets of Denver, finger pointing in the Capitol “In a real sense our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay,” MLK said in 1967.


Let’s start with the obvious. People around the nation have gathered in protest of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police — thousands were at the state Capitol on Saturday, many of them lying together on the lawn, chanting “I can’t breathe” — and that the protests, mostly peaceful by day, have often gotten out of […]

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Denver protest over George Floyd’s death began calmly on Friday but escalated The official protest kicked off at noon. At 8:30 p.m., the intersection of Lincoln and Colfax was clogged with tear gas.


Denver Police officers in riot gear aim paintball guns loaded with pepper balls toward protesters. May 29, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)There was no tear gas or pepperbullets, though 11 police officers were standing by — far away from the crowd — in riot gear. Protesters didn’t throw rocks or water bottles. The first few hours of Friday’s organized protest in Denver over George Floyd’s death was markedly calmer than Thursday night, when protesters and police clashed […]

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Dateline Pueblo: A local newspaper on the brink Your weekly roundup of Colorado local news & media


In recent years, a hurricane of journalistic wrath has raged around The Denver Post’s hedge-fund owner over deep gashes the newsroom suffered from cost-cutting layoffs. Less national attention has focused roughly two hours south in economically troubled Pueblo where GateHouse Media bought the 150-year-old Pueblo Chieftain in 2018 and then merged with Gannett. Last summer, Chieftain journalists protested outside their newsroom about staff cuts. This week, however, The New York Times Magazine turned a spotlight on the plight […]

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Denver police use chemicals to deter people protesting police violence as downtown erupts in chaos A driver ran over a man. People yelled and cried. It was an emotional night in Denver.


Protesters in downtown Denver demonstrate against the death of George Floyd on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Photo credit: Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)Emergency sirens and crackly voices from police megaphones echoed off buildings in downtown Denver Thursday evening as 1,000 or so protesters marched through the streets against police violence. Protesters, ignited by the death of George Floyd, were at first peaceful, as was law enforcement. But around 5:30 p.m., gun shots were fired near the Capitol […]

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Suncor reports chemical sheen on Sand Creek, breach of containment area at refinery north of Denver Company officials say tests show contaminants did not exceed state standards for surface water


Suncor Energy contractors work along Sand Creek after the detection of a chemical sheen on the water outside the oil refinery north of Denver on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.Contaminated water has been seeping into Sand Creek just up from where it meets the South Platte River near the Suncor Energy oil refinery north of Denver, and company officials on Wednesday said they were monitoring conditions and “will make any necessary repairs” to a spill containment pool behind sandbags where crews were pumping out […]

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Colorado released 290 inmates under governor’s executive order — less than 2% of prison population The executive order has since expired


Colorado’s prison system let out 290 inmates over two months under the governor’s executive order relaxing standards for release — less than 2% of the system’s pre-pandemic population and far less than hoped by advocates working to protect prisoners from COVID-19. The executive order was intended to help prison administrators create more space in the […]

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