Peter MarcusPeter MarcusMarch 7, 20178min584
State lawmakers on Monday advanced a measure that aims at cracking down on the illegal diversion of marijuana. House Bill 1220 would limit marijuana home grows to 12 plants statewide. Local jurisdictions, including Colorado Springs and Denver, have already limited home grows to 12 plants. But law enforcement felt there should be a statewide standard. […]

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Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 16, 20174min304
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, 20176min380

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.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightDecember 8, 201611min366

Fifteen Years Ago this week in the Colorado Statesman … The Colorado Children's Chorale performance at the White House was proclaimed a riveting success. Thirty-two Colorado children performed at a private event at the White House, an experience the now-adults have surely not forgotten. “The Holiday Open House” event was for White House staff, members of Congress, the Secret Service, and members of Washington D.C.’s local fire and police forces. The chorale performed two 45-minute sets — one at the White House entrance and the other in the East Room — consisting of holiday and patriotic music.



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 22, 201616min423

DENVER — Good Tuesday to you and yours. If it’s a traveling day (“over the river and through the woods …") for you, we do hope you arrive safely and possibly hungry. As you’ll notice, we are sharing several topics concerning our law enforcement today. With the recent police shootings (four this weekend) they have been top of mind and frankly … in our prayers. As Thanksgiving approaches, we hope you will keep those who wear a badge in your thoughts and prayers as well. More today as well ... Let’s get started!