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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 1, 20184min4730

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Sunday afternoon ordered flags lowered to half-staff immediately on all public buildings statewide until sunset Tuesday in honor of Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish, who died in the line of duty responding to a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex in Highlands Ranch. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset, the governor’s office said.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 21, 20173min11750

A Republican vacancy committee on Thursday elected Shane Sandbridge, a Colorado Springs investment consultant and former police officer, to become the next representative of House District 14. Sandridge will replace state Rep. Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, who is stepping down in January to take a job as regional administrator of the Small Business Administration.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 3, 20179min15770

Cole Wist, Colorado's assistant House Republican leader, says he’s “thinking seriously” about running for state attorney general in next year's election if GOP incumbent Cynthia Coffman decides to run for governor, and he expects to announce his plans within weeks, he told Colorado Politics. Coffman said months ago she was weighing a bid for governor rather than run for a second term but has yet to declare her intentions.


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Clarice NavarroClarice NavarroApril 18, 20175min1900

There is an opioid crisis in Colorado and across the nation. Colorado, and especially southern Colorado, has seen an increase in use and abuse of opioids. Traditionally, when we hear the word opioid we think of the “junkie,” but that’s not where it ends or begins. With the rise in use and abuse, we see a rise in crime and opioid-related deaths. The use and abuse can be attributed to many things including cost, over prescribing and especially mental illness. As with other drugs that are abused, there are all of the negatives that follow, and our communities are seeing it firsthand. Our law enforcement agencies are overwhelmed, our hospitals must cope and we see a rise in crime rates. All of which beg the question, "What is being done?"



Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 16, 20174min113
Police and prosecutors on Wednesday protested a bill that aimed at increasing transparency when officials seize property under forfeiture laws. Supporters of the bipartisan Senate Bill 136 seemed dismayed that law enforcement would so passionately oppose a bill that only aimed at accountability. The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected the measure on a party-line vote, with Republicans […]

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Mario NicolaisMario NicolaisJanuary 27, 20176min1430

In 164 pages, the U.S. Department of Justice eviscerated the Chicago Police Department. After a year-long investigation, the DOJ found the CPD “engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional use of force.” The detailed report details a systematic failure, not only in the CPD, but the entire city government for its failure to oversee and provide adequate resources to avoid such an outcome. While the rest of the country may look at the DOJ report and snicker at Chicago, it should serve as a warning to state and local governments across the country. It would be easy to get lost in the dramatic headline and believe that Chicago is an unfortunate, but unique circumstance. But in an era when police conduct across the country has come under ever-increasing scrutiny, Chicago could foreshadow future revelations across the country. Every state and municipality should take this chance to review and revise its police training programs and conduct standards.