Mary DeForest believes in George Orwell's theory that language rooted in Latin and Greek muddies communication and often covers up political agendas. And so she invented the Latinometer, a bullshit detector that analyzes text and determines how many words are rooted in Latin, German, French and Gree ... More >>
In the wake of numerous high-profile excessive-force allegations against the Denver Sheriff's Department, Denver officials have made a showy effort to address the problem in ways meant to reassure the public. But has the city gone too far? That's among the claims made by the Colorado's Fraternal Ord ... More >>
Denver Deputy Thomas Ford won't be prosecuted for cold-cocking an inmate in an attack caught on video, but he'll have to fight for his job if he wants to keep it. He's been fired by Denver Manager of Safety Stephanie O'Malley along with another embattled law enforcer: Deputy Edward Keller, who was a ... More >>
The City of Denver is working overtime to reverse the negative publicity generated of late by local law-enforcement agencies. Last week, draft reforms were released in regard to the Denver Sheriff Department. And now, the Denver Police Department, which has seen at least eight officers get into trou ... More >>
Last week, we noted that the Denver Department of Public Safety's release of draft reforms for the Denver Sheriff's Department followed weeks of negative PR for the embattled agency, including outrage over a video showing Deputy Thomas Ford punching out an apparently nonviolent inmate. Now, the Den ... More >>
As we've reported, the Denver Sheriff Department has received negative attention aplenty in recent months owing to numerous excessive-force complaints, a huge lawsuit payout and more; see a previous post outlining five of the incidents below. The City of Denver is eager to be seen as tackling the i ... More >>
Counterterrorism is the FBI's number one priority, FBI Director James Comey said in a visit to Denver on Wednesday. That includes monitoring what Comey called "homegrown violent extremists," Americans who become radicalized via the Internet. "In their pajamas, in their basement, they can get all the ... More >>
Last week, we told you about a $3.25 million settlement agreement in the case of Jamal Hunter, who maintained that the City of Denver failed to properly protect him after he says inmates scalded his genitals with boiling water and two deputies attacked him in an incident caught on video. Now, Antho ... More >>
The city's $3.25 million settlement with Jamal Hunter is just the latest hit the Denver Sheriff's Department has sustained in recent weeks. Between charges that complaints of abuse have been ignored and accusations that guards have been drinking on the job, smuggling in drugs and porn and instructin ... More >>
As we've documented in a series of blog posts over the past year or so, the Denver Sheriff's Department has been beset by scandals -- so many that yesterday, Mayor Michael Hancock accepted Sheriff Gary Wilson's resignation and appointed Division Chief Elias Diggins to fill the job on an interim basi ... More >>
Amid numerous recent claims of inappropriate actions by Colorado law enforcers, several of which were brought to the public's attention via lawsuit, the Denver Manager of Safety's Office issued an unusual announcement: Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson had asked the Denver District Attorney's Office to lau ... More >>
Last week, we noted that seven Denver police officers have gotten in trouble in recent months -- some on criminal charges such as assault, others for internal matters like sex on the job and explicit photos stored on department devices. Now comes word that Denver Sheriff's Department Captain Sonya ... More >>
Earlier today, we highlighted one section from the Office of the Independent Monitor's annual report -- a recommendation for discipline against an officer who bloodied a handcuffed Patricia Lucero that wasn't accepted by the Manager of Safety's Office. But there's plenty of other interesting informa ... More >>
Supporters and family members rallied in front of the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center yesterday afternoon in remembrance of 56-year old Marvin Booker, who was killed by Denver sheriff deputies in July 2010. The rally came a day after the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals released its opinion on Booke ... More >>
The photos of three teenage girls on the Facebook page belonging to Paul Della Rosa, a veteran deputy with the Denver Sheriff's Department, may be perfectly innocent. They could feature family members (he's got a young daughter) or friends of friends. Whatever the case, Della Rosa was jailed for al ... More >>
Occupy Denver may no longer be making headlines, but at least one city official is still talking about the protesters -- specifically law enforcement's role in a violent confrontation. A recent report from the Office of the Independent Monitor, the city's official watchdog, says Denver Police and th ... More >>
We don't enjoy busting on Denver cops and sheriff's deputies. They have dangerous jobs, they don't make much money, and if I hear something go bump in the night, you better believe I'll call them.
Big pics below.Update, 10:11 p.m. Saturday: Mayor Michael Hancock's office has announced that an additional 24 people were arrested in tonight's protest. Their arraignment is scheduled for 8 a.m. tomorrow at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center. In the meantime, police are present at Civic ... More >>
FlickrIrony alert: No charges were filed against Denver Sheriff's deputies in the jailhouse death of Marvin Booker last year -- but deputy Anne Kelly faces two counts for slapping a DUI suspect who suffered no apparent injury in the exchange.
Marvin Booker.Yesterday, Denver finally released video showing the final moments of Marvin Booker, who died in Denver jail on July 9; see it below. But no charges were filed against Denver Sheriff's Department personnel. In response, Booker's family is planning to demand a federal investigat ... More >>
Marvin BookerA day after Denver officials cleared five officers of wrongdoing in the death of an inmate in the Denver jail, the family of Marvin Booker made a public plea to federal officials to look into the case. "None of us could see my brother's reaction because of all of those police on ... More >>
KHOW's Peter Boyles has obtained an April 25 memo from Denver Police Chief Gerald Whitman that reads in part, "EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, DENVER POLICE OFFICERS SHALL NO LONGER ADD A CHARGE OF OR WRITE 'REFER TO IMMIGRATION' ON ARREST OR CHARGING DOCUMENTS." But while Boyles sees the directive as ... More >>
Charley Garcia officially becomes Denver's newest Manager of Safety today -- the fourth person to hold the position in the last year. The first day on the job for Garcia, a former head of Denver's Public Defender office, follows news that Police Chief Gerald Whitman has handed over his recomm ... More >>
Large photo below.Yvonne Frye, 62, a much-loved professor at the Community College of Denver, was killed last week in a crash for which twenty-year-old Jose Nevarez-Coronado has been charged with vehicular homicide. Nevarez-Coronado was allegedly drunk -- but not in the country illegally, as ... More >>
These days, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, emphasizes that it's targeting criminal aliens, not otherwise law-abiding citizens who lack documentation authorizing their U.S. residency. And that's the theme of ICE's latest Colorado busts. Of the 78 people rounded up fr ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.Mayor John Hickenlooper is out with a statement in the wake of Denver DA Mitch Morrissey's just-announced decision not to file charges in the Denver Jail death of Marvin Booker on July 9. He says the investigation is ongoing, and reveals that his office is working with Booke ... More >>
Doug Linkhart.At 2 p.m. today, Denver City Council members will be voting on a 384-bed expansion of the Smith Road jail, a bond-fueled construction contract worth about $25 million. But expect at least one strongly dissenting vote from Councilman Doug Linkhart.
The Denver Sheriff Department is inviting city employees and select guests (who can pass a criminal background check) to Downtown's new Van Cise-Simonet Detention Facility for a one-night-only slumber party... Check-In: Division Chiefs Elias Diggins and Marie Kielar, along with Deputy Sherif ... More >>
Shaggy in action.Michael A. Kincade, dubbed the Shaggy Bandit, must not take that whole you-have-the-right-to-remain-silent thing very seriously. Shortly after he and an accomplice, the nickname-challenged Christopher Lee Richardson, were captured last week, Kincade gave a jailhouse interview ... More >>
The 2009 Mace Mobile Another Colorado favorite! Ford has teamed up with the Denver Sheriff's Department to create a new generation of prisoner-transport vehicles. Powered by abuse-series galley-slave drive train, this hybrid delivers over 41 miles per canister of mace. The interior features conti ... More >>
Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson probably cringes every time he gets a phone call from Channel 9 reporter Deborah Sherman. Twice in recent days, questions she's posed to him related to an identity-theft story have made him, and the DPD as a whole, seem like Keystone cops. The tale b ... More >>
Cancer patient Tim Thomason didn't think he could feel any worse. His Denver jailers showed that he could.
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Our crack investigation of the World Naked Bike Ride.
This call may be monitored and how!
Sex was Michelle Ormond's driving force -- until she tried to put on the brakes.
Emily Rae Rice died in jail. Her friends and family want to know why.
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February 20, 2003
LoDo's only hip-hop club was hot. Too hot for the neighbors, who put a stop to F-Stop.
Membership has its privileges -- but for this sheriff's deputy, a lawyer wasn't one of them.
Duane Chapman makes his TV debut.
Floyd Samuel says there auto be a law against what the city is doing to him.
The city doggedly presses its case against a deputy dismissed after a shooting incident.
The legislature says it's payback time for prisoners. So far, the prisoners haven't cooperated.