DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Zoo is launching a new community outreach program. It follows the death of a man who died in a scuffle with police.
Alonzo Ashley died last month. The zoo called police, saying Ashley attacked security guards. Police say they had to use a Taser to subdue him. Several first responders were also hurt.
The coroner’s office is still waiting on toxicology tests to determine how Ashley died.
Along side community activists the zoo announced a new program to reach more of the community, beyond the children.
“We’ve been talking about how the zoo as a community can be home for mentoring programs, and skills development for job training, and all sorts of other job training, and all sorts of other opportunities to grow a voice and grow skills so they can have successful lives,” said Craig Piper, Denver Zoo CEO.
The funeral for Ashley was Tuesday.