DENVER– Residents and community activists here fear they’re being cut out of the process by which Denver will appoint a new city safety manager. It’s the latest chapter in a recent story of miscommunication and suspicion between city and mayor’s office representatives and members of the community seeking to secure their participation in mostly reviewing police action and advising on the kind of best practices that ensure smooth relations between residents and authorities.
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The Denver city attorney’s office dropped criminal charges Wednesday morning against a Code Pink demonstrator who was videotaped being slammed to the ground by a baton-wielding Denver Police officer during a protest at the Democratic National Convention, The Denver Post’s Howard Pankratz reports. Alicia Forrest, a 22-year-old Arizona resident, faced charges of interfering with police and could have been sentenced to a year in jail, her defense attorney said.
Protest groups are demanding Denver police halt the sale and disicpline anyone responsible for the creation of a “commemorative” DNC T-shirt distributed to officers featuring a baseball-bat wielding cop and the slogan “WE GET UP EARLY to BEAT the Crowds 2008 DNC.”
In the wake of the Democratic National Convention, Denver’s elected officials have kvelled over the massive police presence at the DNC. Last week, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper delivered laurels to the city’s police department for their efforts to quell some protest activities.
Despite a warning about the influx of prostitutes and johns http://www.coloradoindependent.com/4144/workers-gear-up-to-battle-the-seedy-underbelly-of-the-dnc/ coming to the Denver area Aug. 25-28 for the Democratic National Convention, Denver police made no prostitution-related arrests during the last week in August.
It’s against official Denver Police Department policy, but a blogger and a DNC visitor noticed DPD vehicles sporting McCain bumperstickers this week and complained. In one case, police appear to have scraped off the stickers; in the other, the department’s internal affairs has initiated an investigation because of a motorcycle cop’s intimidating reaction.
As I’ve made clear before I’m not a huge fan of the protesters here in Denver, but is it legal to surround them on all sides, hold them there, kick out the media, and then pepper spray everyone who’s left? Who couldn’t get out? The video available here on the Colorado Independent gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Read more of Jeff’s commentaries:
• Hickenlooper can throw one hell of a party
• Thanks for turning my city into a fortress
• ‘Saturday Night Fever’ at the DNC
• C-SPAN tricks its ride
• I love me some Police State’n, yeah!
I’ve spent the last hour enjoying some fantastic coffee at Novo, a little shop across from the Denver Art Museum, and during that time I’ve seen three groups of at least 15 police officers walk by, what looked like a Wells Fargo truck with “Aurora Police” stenciled on the side driving down 13th – and a police helicopter just now flew overhead.
Residents of Denver’s hip Ballpark neighborhood, less than two miles away from the Pepsi Center, received a perplexing email from the local police unit last Monday. The message urged tenants not to worry about safety during the Democratic National Convention as the neighborhood will be crawling with officers — likely double the usual amount.
Just as the Denver Police Department is getting ready to rumble — rolling out its brand new pepperball launchers and other riot toyz, the newsweekly Westword has pulled a dusty video out of some basement vault showing a 1979 recruiting class being berated by a commanding officer as “niggers,” beaners,” “greasers” and “homos,” demanding Jewish recruits ID themselves and questions women on their promiscuity. The shocking video, nearly 20 minutes long, may be old, but it doesn’t exactly promote the Mile High City as forward thinking at a particularly crucial moment.