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.”