DENVER (CBS4) – Community activists who have been circulating a petition to recall Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey announced Monday that they failed to get enough signatures from Denver voters.
The group started its efforts the same day that the district attorney’s office announced the police officers involved in the deadly shooting of stolen car suspect Jessie Hernandez wouldn’t face charges.
The group pointed to a number of other cases where the city has settled claims involving police brutality because Morrissey declined to file charges.
The group was attempting to collect 53,925 signatures but failed to reach that goal and gathered only 20,000.
“Our recall effort is still a victory for the community. We collected over 20,000 signatures and had even more conversations around the power, influence and impact the district attorney’s office has on the community. We also discussed the critical need to be involved in this district attorney election in 2016,” the group said in a statment. “The recall effort was a first step towards securing the district attorney that the Denver community deserves.”