Colorado law enforcement would be encouraged to expand the use of body cameras with a measure given initial approval as legislators considered several police accountability bills Tuesday.
A measure to encourage police departments to buy body cameras for officers headlines another batch of law enforcement oversight bills up for debate at the Colorado Legislature.
Police officers in Parker will begin wearing body cameras on Thursday in an effort to become more transparent and maintain trust.
A report by Denver’s independent police monitor says body cameras used by officers in the city’s downtown district didn’t record most of the use-of-force incidents they should have captured.
Democrats are spearheading a package of legislation aimed at expanding oversight of Colorado law enforcement and placing limits on their power, a response to allegations of excessive force both in the state and nationally.
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.