A Denver police officer has been disciplined for uttering the “N” word during a confrontation with a citizen, but fellow officers — several of them African American — say the context was not offensive.
The negative headlines made by rogue cops in 2014 are now fueling new public policy proposals in Denver and the Colorado Legislature in 2015.
Keeping the peace between law enforcement and the public is a priority right now, and on Monday evening Colorado lawmakers, police and community activists met to see what needs to be done to make that happen.
Leaders from several Denver metro area law enforcement agencies joined state lawmakers and others for a discussion on improving community relations on Monday.
Denver police are already pursuing body-camera technology, as President Obama pledges a quarter-billion dollars for the technology across the nation.
Some Denver police officers are using body cameras on patrol as part of a study of their effectiveness.
A big change is coming to the Denver Police Department. In addition to guns and body armor, some officers will soon be armed with cameras.
The Denver Police Department will begin equipping offcers in District Six with body cameras within the next month as part of a pilot project that will likely go department-wide.
Thursday evening residents can tell Fort Collins Police Chief John Hutto and members of his staff what they think about the body-worn cameras being used by officers on duty throughout the city.