Police

Last month, locally organized Black Lives Matter demonstrations cropped up in locations from Aspen to Parachute. Mostly the events occurred without incident. However after some tense moments during a march in Rifle on June 19th, some residents feel they’re being sent a clear message not to speak up in the City of Rifle.

Protests are unfolding across the country over the death of Elijah McClain at the hands of police in Aurora, Colo. Now, frustration is also building over local law enforcement’s use of force this past weekend at a vigil in Aurora honoring him — frustration that was visible at a city council meeting Tuesday night dedicated to the response. 

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday signed a set of police reforms into law, saying they were a "long overdue moment of national reflection."

The bipartisan law is Colorado's response to protests sparked by the death of George Floyd and other unarmed Black people who have been killed by law enforcement.

John Goodwin is a career peace officer and retired professor of Criminal Justice at Colorado Mountain College. John reflects on his life, the death of George Floyd and the importance of community centered police work.

As large protests against police brutality continue around the nation, Democratic lawmakers at the state Capitol are advancing a bill they say will help prevent deadly police encounters in Colorado.

Roderick O’Connor enjoys a high level of trust with his team, because they “burn clean with each other.”  He is straight with them and they are straight with him.