# Denver police department
Denver Police Department Investigating a String of Overnight Shootings
According to the X page associated with the Denver Police Department, a string of shootings that occurred Sunday night into early Monday morning kept officers busy. The first incident was reported on the department's social media page at 9:43 p.m. Sunday, September 24. That incident occurred at the 8800 block of E. Colfax and one victim was transported to a local hospital in unknown condition.
'Wildly optimistic' police plan for Denver
Denver City Council member Kevin Flynn on Thursday called Police Chief Ron Thomas’s goals for getting the department up to full force “wildly optimistic.”. During the City Council budget hearing for the police department, Thomas explained he wants to spend more than $8.2 million on three classes of police recruits. He estimated bringing 167 recruits in the door in 2024 and having just 90 officers leave.
“Denver Police Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Shooting Suspects”
The Denver Police Department (DPD) has reached out to the community for assistance in identifying two individuals wanted in connection with a shooting incident that took place on September 3, 2023. The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning, around 2 a.m., in the 700 block of North Sheridan Boulevard in Denver, leaving a man and a woman injured. Thankfully, both victims are expected to recover, but the details surrounding the shooting remain shrouded in mystery.
Settling Denver police curfew lawsuit: $4.7 million
The Denver City Council likely will vote Monday to settle a class-action lawsuit for $4.7 million stemming from the George Floyd protests in downtown Denver in summer 2020. The payoff comes after Elisabeth Epps and others sued the city in federal court. They alleged police violated their civil rights. The settlement is on Monday’s City Council consent agenda. Items on the consent agenda are considered routine and generally pass in a block vote without discussion.
Denver takes $4.7 million from reserves to pay police lawsuit settlements
The Denver City Council voted Monday to take $4.7 million from the general fund reserves to cover the cost of legal settlements. The majority of Denver’s legal settlements involve the police department. Earlier this month, the city paid out $135,000 in police settlements. Last month, the city paid a man $350,000 after he claimed Denver police violated his rectum with a police baton. In March, the city settled half a dozen lawsuits totaling $1.6 million.
Denver watches criminals like an Argus
In Greek mythology, an Argus is a creature with eyes all around its head. It doesn’t miss a beat. The Denver Police Department is an Argus, of sorts, when it comes to busting bad guys. If you’re a criminal causing trouble in Denver, smile for the camera.
Denver settles police brutality lawsuits for $1.6 million, hires a dozen law firms
(Denver, Colo.) The City and County of Denver plans to hire a dozen law firms to handle its civil lawsuits. The city paid out $1.6 million in police settlements Monday. The lawsuits in U.S. District Court stem from police brutality claims made during the George Floyd protests in the summer of 2020. The settlements include:
Denver police training difficult to track, oversight chair says
(Denver, Colo.) The people who investigate complaints about Denver police met with the City Council Tuesday. Julia Richman, chair of the Citizen Oversight Board, told members of the Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee that it’s difficult for them to know whether police receive adequate training after complaints about abuse.
Opinion: Jail alternatives benefit homeless, mentally ill
(Denver, Colo.) If you live in Denver, you no doubt have seen someone having a mental health crisis in a park. Many people experiencing homelessness utilize city parks as a place to rest during the day without breaking the law.
Denver expands STAR program, formerly homeless woman describes need
(Denver, Colo.) A formerly homeless woman who sat on a committee to get the STAR alternative police response unit off the ground said she could not get the team to respond to her mental health emergency last month.
Denver to pay man falsely accused of robbing banks $50,000
(Denver, Colo.) The Denver City Council likely will approve a $50,000 settlement Monday with a man falsely accused of robbing two banks. Steven Christopher Talley sued the City and County of Denver, Police Sgt. Marco Martinez, and Officers John Ruddy, and James Bradley in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Case No. 1:16-cv-02327-JLK.
Denver, Aurora boost alternative police response programs
Officer Atchison and clinician Matt Glover head out for the day.Aurora Police Department. (Denver, Colo.) Aurora and Denver both agreed Monday to provide more money for alternative police response teams.
Denver set to pay $325,000 to settle police lawsuit
Many of the lawsuits against the Denver Police Department stem from the George Floyd protests of 2020.Colin Lloyd/Unsplash. (Denver, Colo.) Denver will pay $325,000 to settle another lawsuit involving the police department.
Denver police want more street cameras
(Denver, Colo.) No matter where you go in the mile-high city, electric eyes are watching. And despite concerns the cameras unfairly target communities of color, a Denver City Council committee voted Tuesday to add 25 more. Stone security will be paid $1.4 million to maintain 276 HALO cameras throughout the city. HALO stands for High Activity Location Observation.
Denver adding vans to expand STAR program
(Denver, Colo.) A Denver City Council committee will approve an agreement Wednesday with Denver Health and Hospital Authority to spend $526,318 to buy five vans for its Support Team Assistance Response program.
Denver to settle another police lawsuit for $82,000
Many payouts from the Denver Police Department stem from the George Floyd Protests of summer 2020.Colin Lloyd/Unsplash. (Denver, Colo.) The City Council is expected to settle another lawsuit between the Denver Police Department and a man who claims police violated his civil rights.
Denver set to pay $80k to settle two police brutality lawsuits
Many of the recent police settlement payouts stemp from the George Floyd protests in downtown Denver.Colin Lloyd/Unsplash. (Denver, Colo.) City Council will approve two payments totaling $80,000 Monday to settle lawsuits against the police department. The settlements are the latest in a string of Denver payouts to settle alleged police misconduct.
Denver expands jail diversion program for mentally ill
(Denver, Colo.) A Denver Police program that avoids jailing people with mental illness will expand to provide service around-the-clock. The Denver Police Department's co-responder program recently received a grant from the Caring for Denver Foundation. The department will use the money to staff the co-responder program with a mental health clinician 24/7.
Policy change draws new commenters to Denver City Council 'show'
For the first time since changing rules regarding public comment at meetings, the Denver City Council heard from four newcomers Monday. "I watch your show a lot," said Carrie Murphy as she approached the council. The audience laughed.
New police station coming to Central Park-Montbello-Green Valley Ranch district
An artist's rendition of a new police station set for district 5.Denver Police Department. (Denver, Colo.) A new police station soon will be built in police district 5 in Denver. The district serves the Central Park, Montbello and Green Valley Ranch neighborhoods.