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They’re called Brady lists, after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1963 decision in Brady v. Maryland, and every district attorney in Colorado should have one: a list of law enforcement officers who have credibility issues that prosecutors are obligated to disclose to the defense if they’re going to put those cops on the stand.

There are hundreds of current and former law enforcement officers on these lists, but with little uniformity in how they’re compiled or shared, it’s difficult for the public to learn who in their local police department or sheriff’s office has issues that could impact their credibility on the stand in court.

The Denver Post requested Brady lists from Colorado’s 22 district attorney’s offices, and only nine provided lists or the accompanying letters for each officer. Nine others said they believed this information was not a matter of public record, and four didn’t respond at all.

All told, the Post compiled a list of 466 current and former law enforcement officers who have criminal convictions, histories of lying, excessive force incidents or other backgrounds that their superiors believed were required to be disclosed.

But that’s an incomplete tally, not just because many DAs withheld their lists, but some who did turn over information blacked out officers’ names or provided no context as to why they people were on the list — something even defense attorneys in court can have difficulty ascertaining.

In today’s Post, public safety reporter Elise Schmelzer takes a deep and important look at how this key measure of police accountability is handled in Colorado, and shows there’s insufficient transparency when it comes to identifying police officers with questionable credibility.

— Matt Sebastian, The Denver Post 

Uneven approach to Colorado police officers with questionable credibility leaves public in the dark

Last call for alcohol at Denver restaurants, liquor stores just changed again

In time for the holidays and the last push of 2020, the city of Denver on Wednesday released revised last-call guidelines for restaurants, bars and liquor stores.

Remember that during the Level Red shutdown in Denver, restaurants and bars that serve food have been allowed to do so outdoors only. Diners can continue to order food and alcohol to-go from these businesses, and restaurants that take the necessary steps can offer in-house delivery, which allows for alcohol along with dinner delivered to a customer’s doorstep. Read More…

Metro Denver housing market running on fumes

Metro Denver’s housing market showed signs of running out of gas and stalling last month, with sales dropping sharply and higher-priced homes dominating a dwindling supply of available listings, according to a report Thursday from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.

The number of residential properties available for sale in metro Denver dropped to 3,415 at the end of last month, the lowest ever recorded for a November. The inventory is down by more than half over the year and just a fraction of the 14,488 listings averaged in November since 1985. Read More…

Colorado Proud: Lone Tree girl named Time magazine’s first-ever Kid of the Year

A 15-year-old Lone Tree girl has been named Time magazine’s first-ever Kid of the Year for 2020.

Gitanjali Rao, a young scientist and inventor, was selected from a field of more than 5,000 nominees to be named Time’s Kid of the Year.

“I was beyond surprised,” Gitanjali said Thursday afternoon in a phone interview. “Just the idea…it’s something you dream about, but something you don’t expect at all.” Read More…

Here are the 10 COVID-19 relief bills Colorado lawmakers just passed

Colorado lawmakers gave final passage to 10 bills and more than $300 million in spending on Wednesday, the third and final day of the special legislative session for COVID-19 relief.

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis and the Democrats who control both chambers of the legislature had planned for a limited session focused on seven priority areas, all with bipartisan sponsorship. They passed legislation providing direct aid to small businesses, child care providers, nonprofit organizations, and struggling landlords and families. Read More…

Beth Bowlen Wallace calls for smooth transition to new Broncos’ ownership

Beth Bowlen Wallace, the second-oldest of late Broncos owner Pat Bowlen’s seven children, called for a “smooth and timely transition” to new ownership on Wednesday.

In a lengthy statement sent to The Denver Post, Bowlen Wallace said her father “would never have accepted the team’s current state.”

The Broncos are 4-7 entering Sunday night’s game at 10-1 Kansas City and headed for a fifth consecutive year out of the playoffs and a fourth consecutive losing season. Read More…

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