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Mar 19, 2018

The Death of Michael Marshall, an Independent Review

Today, the Office of the Independent Monitor released a report entitled The Death of Michael Marshall, an Independent Review. On November 11, 2015, Michael Marshall, a mentally ill man, was being held in the custody of the Denver Sheriff Department (“DSD”) on a $100 bond. When Mr. Marshall attempted to enter a jail hallway without permission, deputies used force to restrain him while he intermittently struggled on the floor. Mr. Marshall eventually lost consciousness and deputies tried to resuscitate him with CPR. He died nine days later, and his cause of death was determined to be, among other things, positional asphyxia due to restraint by law enforcement. Following the incident, an internal investigation was conducted by DSD’s Internal Affairs Bureau (“IAB”), which resulted in short suspensions being imposed on two deputies and a captain. This report analyzes the incident, IAB investigation, and disciplinary decisions, makes several key findings, and includes eight actionable recommendations.

Mar 14, 2018

2017 Annual Report

Today, the Office of the Independent Monitor (“OIM”) released its 2017 Annual Report. Established in 2005, the OIM provides independent civilian oversight of the Denver Police and Sheriff Departments. The OIM is led by Independent Monitor Nicholas E. Mitchell, and advised by a seven-member Citizen Oversight Board.

Oct 11, 2017

2017 Semiannual Report

Today, the Office of the Independent Monitor (“OIM”) released its 2017 Semiannual Report. Established in 2005, the OIM provides independent civilian oversight of the Denver Police and Sheriff Departments. The OIM is led by Independent Monitor Nicholas E. Mitchell, and advised by a seven-member Citizen Oversight Board.

 
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