Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?

Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

If you would like to be involved please go to our website and become a member.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Police Complaints on the Rise

A Denver police officer used a Taser on the neck of a handcuffed drunk who ended up serving four days in jail after the officer filed a report falsely accusing the suspect of assaulting another officer.

"It jolted all the way through my body down to my toes and my feet," recalled Kenneth Rodriguez, 46, of Tucson. "He just held it and held it."

That Jan. 6, 2006, incident was detailed in an annual report from the monitor who reviews misconduct allegations against Denver police. The report shows citizen complaints against Denver police rose more than 23 percent last year while overall complaints rose 8 percent.

Denver Post

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