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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 10, 20163min339

It may be possible to consume marijuana in certain approved locations in Denver in the near future, after voters seem to have given Initiative 300 their approval in the least Nov. 8 general election results from the Denver Elections Division. The initiative would call for a cannabis consumption pilot project in Denver, where certain private establishments would allow adult marijuana consumption in designated areas, under city restrictions and guidelines. The city would only issue permits to establishments that have received formal support from their officially recognized neighborhood organization or business-improvement district.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 21, 201616min301

Edward Mitchell came from a poor Irish Catholic family in New York in the 1940s and did not get a high school degree, so his career choices were limited. That meant becoming either a fire fighter, entering the priesthood or becoming a police officer. He chose the later and was a role model for Nick Mitchell, who became a lawyer and has headed Denver's Office of the Independent Monitor for the last four years. Denver voters will decide if they want to put the office on par with most other city departments when they decide Question 2B, a proposed city charter amendment, on the Nov. 8 city ballot. Denver City Council voted on Aug. 15 to place the question on the ballot. If approved, 2B would make the office a permanent part of city government.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinAugust 28, 201613min346

Growing up in East Denver, Paul Lopez was scared of the cops. Now, as the Denver City Councilman representing District 3, Lopez doesn't want city residents to experience the same feelings or worries. To that end, Lopez headed up an effort to ask city voters to make a city oversight agency permanent and on par with those departments and others, like parks and recreation and public works. “When I grew up in East Denver, I always distrusted and disrespected folks in uniform,” Lopez added. “I didn't like that, but that's how I felt, and I don't want to see things continue that way.”


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinAugust 21, 20163min306

A proposed city charter amendment to put a police and sheriff accountability office on par with those and many other Denver departments will be on the Nov. 8 city ballot. Denver City Council voted 9-0 Monday night, Aug. 15, with four council members absent, to place a question on the ballot that would make the Office of Independent Monitor a permanent office. Council members Kevin Flynn, Paul Kashmann, Deborah "Debbie" Ortega and Rafael Espinoza were absent. Backers, such as the Denver Justice Project (DJP), said the move would help protect the office from being dismantled and improve transparency and accountability.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyAugust 11, 20165min325

Denver officials are close to strengthening a civilian police watchdog agency by adding it to the city’s charter. The Office of the Independent Monitor, primarily made up of lawyers, serves as civilian oversight agency for the Denver Police and Sheriff's Departments by participating in police investigations of misconduct and making recommendations on department policies including on discipline and broader issues like use of force. The city’s Governance and Charter Review committee unanimously approved the measure Aug. 3, sending it to the City Council to discuss Monday. It will be considered for a final vote, and be the subject of a public hearing, Aug. 15.