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Black and Brown Unity Civil Rights Rally

February 17th 4:15-4:45pm
Denver City and County Building
2nd Floor Atrium

Join the Colorado Latino Forum Denver Chapter, Greater Denver Ministerial Alliance, ACLU of Colorado, NAACP Denver Branch and other Civil Rights leaders in calling for accountability of the Denver District Attorney’s Office for failing to prosecute any excessive force cases since 1992. 

After the rally make your voices heard at the Denver City Council public hearing in support of strengthening the Office of the Independent Monitor. 

Sign-up to speak by 5pm

On February 17 at 4:15pm Civil Rights leaders and community members will join together to support accountability of the Denver District Attorney’s Office for failing to prosecute any cases of excessive force since 1992. Further, District Attorney Mitch Morrissey recently criticized the actions of the Executive Director of Public Safety Stephanie O’Malley for firing two Denver Sheriff Department deputies for punching and choking inmates. CLF Denver Chapter recently expressed “no confidence” in the DA’s ability to fairly prosecute cases of excessive force, and called for a special prosecutor in the recent police killing of unarmed teenager Jessie Hernandez.

Immediately following Tuesday’s rally, community members will participate in the public hearing before Denver City Council to voice their support for the ordinance sponsored by City Councilman Paul Lopez to strengthen the powers of the Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM) to access records involving allegations of excessive force by Denver’s public safety agencies. It is expected that the Denver Police Department’s union, the Police Protective Association, will turn out its members to oppose transparency  in law enforcement and lessen the current authority of OIM. It is imperative that community members turnout in a show of solidarity with victims of law enforcement violence, and to hold accountable those who are sworn to protect, and not abuse, the people of Denver.

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