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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tasered Man's Heart Stopped

An autopsy shows that a man who died last month after Denver police Tasered him did so because his heart stopped beating.

The autopsy of 47-year-old Albert Romero also shows that he had eight broken ribs, four puncture wounds in his back and bottom, and multiple scratches and bruises on his face, arms, shoulders, stomach, knees, ankles, back, hands, fingers and left foot. His lower lip also was split, and his tongue was cut.

Romero died after police confronted him in front of his Denver home on West Yale Avenue around 3:30 a.m. on July 16. Officers said Romero was acting wildly when they arrived, flailing at cars, and that he charged them when they attempted to arrest him.

The Denver Post