It is going to be hot today. It was a hot day two years ago, when Alonzo Ashley was at the Denver Zoo, went to get a drink of water at the fountain, and set off a chain of events that resulted in his death at the hands of the Denver Police Department, which used a contact-taser to subdue Ashley. Suf ... More >>
Update: This weekend, members of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deployed a Taser against a suicidal man now identified as Guy Guthrie, 55. He was armed, but only with a BB gun -- and died about an hour later. A JCSO spokesman defends the safety of Tasers even as he acknowledges that the outco ... More >>
One year after his death, Alonzo Ashley's family has filed a lawsuit on his behalf in U.S. District Court. A year ago this month, Ashley died of a heart attack and respiratory arrest after a skirmish at the Denver Zoo in which Denver Police officers contact-tased him. Fronted by his mother, Gail Wat ... More >>
In this week's cover story, "Back on the Beat," Westword explores recent changes within the Denver Police Department's oversight system and its investigation of Alex Landau's January 2009 beating. For a while, there won't be any changes: While the Department of Justice analyzes the Landau, the DPD h ... More >>
In light of the death of Denver police officer Celena Hollis, the Colorado Progressive Coalition, ACLU of Colorado and others have postponed the "Summer Against Police Violence" protest. The rally, originally scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, would have fallen at the same time as Hollis's funeral se ... More >>
In 2003, Greeley Police officers arrived at the home that then-UNC student Tom Mink shared with his mom, confiscating his computer and more because of complaints about his portrayal of professor Junius Peake as "Junius Puke" in his fledgling Internet publication, The Howling Pig. Eight years and a ... More >>
Update below: On the same day Denver Manager of Safety Alex Martinez met with Westword, his office cleared eight cops in a July incident at the Denver Zoo during which Alonzo Ashley died. The decision summary contradicts the account offered by Ashley's loved ones in virtually every respect.
"Junius Puke."Update: Yesterday marked exactly eight years since officers in Greeley arrived at the home then-UNC student Tom Mink shared with his mom, confiscating his computer and more because of complaints about the way he'd portrayed a professor in his fledgling Internet publication, The ... More >>
Chief Robert White.Mayor Michael Hancock's choice for Denver's new police chief, Robert White, was introduced at a hastily convened press conference at City Hall on Saturday. The announcement of Hancock's pick for this most-watched post had been moved up several days because the news of Whit ... More >>
Alonzo Ashley.The death of Alonzo Ashley at the Denver Zoo this summer continues to spark conversation about the reasonable use of force, and whether contact-tasing and the manner in which he was restrained caused the tragedy. Here's an angry and passionate post from our item sharing the acco ... More >>
FlickrOne of this weekend's biggest downtown events -- Saturday's Denver Gorilla Run -- features a route that crosses past the 16th Street Mall but doesn't take place on it. That's no doubt a relief to the RTD. Last Saturday's events -- including the Zombie Crawl and separate marches involvin ... More >>
Alonzo Ashley.The decision by Denver DA Mitch Morrissey not to charge anyone in the case of Alonzo Ashley, who died at the Denver Zoo after an incident involving police, has already stirred controversy. But the ACLU of Colorado also believes it raises doubts about police training regarding Ta ... More >>
Alonzo Ashley.In July, Alonzo Ashley died at the Denver Zoo after being tased by police. The coroner's office subsequently ruled the death a homicide, but the Denver District Attorney's Office isn't charging anyone with a crime in relation to it; see the decision statement below. This turn of ... More >>
Amelia Nicol.Update, 1 p.m. October 24: We now know the names of the four Occupy Denver participants arrested in a Denver Police Department raid on a squat over the weekend, and two of them were recently featured in this space: Amelia Nicol, who saw murder charges against her dropped earlier ... More >>
View full video below.The death of Alonzo Ashley at the Denver Zoo a week ago made headlines around the world for its bizarre circumstances, so naturally a company that specializes in creating CGI animations of news stories has created one about Ashley's death. View it below.
Alonzo Ashley.Yesterday, Denver Police said a man who died Monday at the Denver Zoo, now ID'd as Alonzo Ashley, went into such a cop-biting frenzy that he had to be contact-tased. But his girlfriend and family contend that he was merely suffering the effects of extreme heat when the situation ... More >>