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Monitor Blasts Denver Cops For Misconduct Probes

DENVER (AP) — Denver’s outgoing police monitor has issued a scathing report that says the city’s police department has substantial problems in how it polices itself.

In a report issued Thursday, Richard Rosenthal documents cases where police allegedly show bias in favor of officers. In one instance, a sergeant is accused of trying to explain away an officer’s conduct to a woman who had called to complain.

In a pending case involving allegations of false reporting and perjury against an officer, Rosenthal says it took nearly two years for the department to order cell phone records crucial to the investigation.

Rosenthal’s office oversees excessive force complaints. He’s leaving Denver this week to take a similar position in British Columbia.

Denver Manager of Safety Alex Martinez is conducting a news conference to address the report.

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