Aug 29, 2018
Denver, CO – Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, the Denver Department of Public Safety, which oversees the Denver Police Department, released officers’ body-worn camera footage of an incident that occurred on July 5, 2018, near the intersection of E. Colfax Ave. and N. Grant St. During the incident, officers were assisting a nude man who was in crisis, and officers detained a bystander after she refused to stop photographing the man. The man in crisis was transported to the hospital for evaluation and was not arrested.
The released body-worn camera video is available for review here: https://youtu.be/Pa2g4NRl97g
The Denver Police Department conducted a preliminary review of the officers’ interactions with and detainment of the bystander the day of the incident, and opened a formal internal affairs investigation into the matter to determine if the officers acted in accordance with department policies. Per standard procedures, the Office of the Independent Monitor is providing oversight of the internal affairs investigation. Additionally, the Denver District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and declined to file formal charges against the officers.
Right now, the internal affairs investigation remains underway, and therefore it would be inappropriate for the Department to discuss the incident or officers’ actions in detail. The results of the internal affairs investigation will be made public at the conclusion of the investigation and review process.
The Denver Police Department respects the First Amendment rights of all individuals. Guided by that value, the Department trains officers on First Amendment issues, and recently reiterated to officers the relevant policies involving First Amendment considerations. On July 10, 2018, a training requirement to review the applicable policies was sent to all officers, and on August 16, 2018, a training bulletin was published for officer review. That training bulletin is included below.
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