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The more than 100 internal affair investigations within the Denver Police Department surrounding last summer’s protests are nearly complete.

The department received multiple lawsuits and much criticism over its response to protests following the murder of George Floyd when law enforcement met crowds with tear gas, pepper spray, and projectiles.

An investigation conducted by the Independent Monitor’s Office last year resulted in troubling findings that cited use of excessive force, poor communication, and subpar record-keeping.

The department’s own internal affairs bureau opened 123 cases looking into officers’ actions at the time. Of those, 108 have been closed for reasons including: investigators couldn’t identify the officers involved; the compaintant didn’t respond to investigators; the officers were exonerated of the allegations against them.

Only two officers have been suspended for inappropriate use of force, and two more were reprimanded for policy violations.

There are 15 cases still being investigated or reviewed by the Office of the Independent Monitor and the Conduct Review Office.

Police Chief Paul Pazen is scheduled to speak at the Citizen Oversight Board’s upcoming meeting on Oct. 15. The board is asking the public what they’d like to see Pazen asked at the hearing.
[Denver Post]

👉 What you can do: Send your questions for Police Chief Paul Pazen to the Citizen Oversight Board at or 720-913-3150.

🌧️ 🍂 Fall weather is finally making an appearance this week. Today’s likely rain and high of 63 is perfect for hot chocolate and an oversized knit sweater.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)


⚕️ New DougCo health dept. makes masks optional
In one of its first official acts as a standalone health department, the Douglas County Board of Health voted unanimously to allow all adults and children to opt out of local mask mandates. Though the Douglas County School District has a mask mandate of its own, this new ruling supersedes it, requiring schools to allow students and teachers to go maskless. [CO Politics]

🤒 Salmonella outbreak linked to Denver seafood
An outbreak of Salmonella Thompson has been linked back to Denver-based Northeast Seafood Products. As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 102 people were sick, with 19 requiring hospitalization. The seafood company issued a recall of its products and has temporarily shut down production. [Denver7]
👉 What you can do: Scan the full list of recalled items.

Major Denver cathedral vandalized
Denver police are investigating vandalism of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, one of Colorado’s most prominent Catholic churches. Messages of hate, homophobia, and anti-semitism were grafittied on the building. Father Samuel Morehead said it is “some of the worst graffiti the staff have seen in decades.” [9News]
👉 What you can do: Anyone with information on the crime is encouraged to contact the Denver Police Department.

🚗 Safe Parking Site proposed in Five Points
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Five Points hopes to open the city’s second Safe Parking Site. Plans are still in the works, but if approved, the site could host up to eight cars and 16 individuals. The site would be fenced and would include a portable bathroom and trash bins. Previously, St. Andrews tried to build tiny homes in its parking lot to shelter unhoused residents, but the city rejected the proposal. [BusinessDen]


🏈 Broncos (3-2)
VS Las Vegas Raiders at 2:25 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17

Rapids (14-5-9)
@ Real Salt Lake at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16

🏒 Avalanche (0-0-0)
VS Chicago Blackhawks at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13
VS St. Louis Blues at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16

🏀 Nuggets
Of note: NBA regular season kicks off next week!


Is Denver Repeating the Past by Sweeping this Indigenous Camp?
18 mins
Today on the show, Host Bree Davies talks with Mateo Parsons, chair of the Four Winds American Indian Council, about the lingering tensions between the city and Denver's Indigenous community after the recent sweep of a Native encampment. 

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This three-day fitness pop-up sponsored by On, a Swiss sportswear company, will feature yoga classes, community jogs, and a 5K Art Run.

+ WEDNESDAY: Indigenous Film: “Beans”
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science celebrates the 18th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival with virtual screenings of “Beans,” followed by a discussion with the director.

+ THURSDAY: Book Ball Costume Party
Dress up as a beloved character from your favorite book and meet local authors at this event hosted by Denver’s Matter bookstore in honor of #MarginsBookstores month


(Kyusung Gong/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)

In case you missed it: New York Liberty forward Michaela Onyenwere was named 2021 Kia WNBA Rookie of the Year last week. Onyenwere hails from Aurora and played basketball for Grandview High School. Drafted from UCLA earlier this year, she made state history as the first Coloradan to be selected in the first round of the WNBA draft. Congrats, Michaela! 👏
[Read more 👉 Denver Post]

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