Denver Vote Approves Police Discipline Reform

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Denver voters overwhelmingly supported a city charter change to reform the police disciplinary process, says the Denver Post. The measure is a first step in creating an independent monitor to audit investigations into alleged police misconduct, a proposal championed by Mayor John Hickenlooper. “I felt very strongly that it’s one of those rare things that benefit all concerned,” Hickenlooper said. “It benefits police. It benefits the community. It rebuilds that trust, that relationship.”

The ballot measure, leading by a more than 2-to-1 ratio, would exempt the monitor and staff from civil-service rules so they can be fired if they don’t perform. It would give the monitor access to documents from internal police investigations. The city will select a citizens’ oversight board and choose a monitor. Other changes proposed by Hickenloopoer include buying more less-lethal Tasers, teaching crisis-intervention techniques to more officers, and changing the police department’s use-of-force policy.

Link: http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~34019~2509885,00.html

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