Denver City Council members are divided over whether and how to put questions on the November ballot related to establishing an independent police monitor, the Denver Post reports. They must decide by tomorrow the deadline for starting the process of placing items on that ballot. Citizen activists and a lawyer representing Denver’s largest police union yesterday voiced differing criticisms of the plan and its implementation. Mayor John Hickenlooper last week announced plans to hire an independent police monitor with a six- member staff to track and critique internal police investigations. The proposal would allow the monitor to conduct its own investigation if it deems an internal police probe is incomplete.
Hickenlooper wants voters to strike a section of the city charter outlining who has access to restricted records such as transcripts of interviews done in internal police probes. Voters also would decide whether the monitor and the six-member staff can be city employees serving at the will of the mayor rather than under the city’s Career Service Authority.