Aurora, Colorado 2021-09-16 00:47:55 –
Aurora, Colorado — Aurora Residents A 14-month survey by the Colorado Legal Affairs Bureau They revealed what they already knew: Police officers at the Aurora Police Station were abusing their power, and blacks were disproportionately affected.
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Minter read the findings as soon as they were made publicly available. She was surprised to see her proceeding in the report, but was not shocked by the disturbing findings she was fighting to correct.
“It’s the most diverse and most racist city. How can we do that?” Minter said.
According to the report, police officers exerted force on people of 2.5 times more colors than whites based on population, and almost half who experienced the use of force were blacks.
Minter was appointed to 2020 Regional Police Task Force.. The team was deployed by the Aurora City Council. The goal was to develop ideas and recommendations for police station practices and operations. It was also aimed at improving communication between the community and the police station.
“I thought we were going to make a real change and a change to completion,” Minter said.
The Task Force presented a list of ideas that Minter had incorporated into Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson’s plans to regain confidence in the police station.New wayMinter felt that the Task Force was not recognized for their ideas.
The Task Force was dismantled nine months after being appointed. It is unknown why the team was removed from the mission and who made the decision.
Now, in a study that concludes that police have used excessive force and racially biased tactics, Minter wants a resurgence of the Regional Police Task Force.
“I think it brings energy. I think it gives the community the opportunity to actually step up and be part of change,” says Minter.
The first item on her checklist is to deprive the Aurora Civil Service Commission of power. According to the Attorney General’s office, the commission hired police officers without input from the police, “overturning disciplinary action in well-known cases and undermining the authority of the chief.”
Aurora City Council member Juan Marcano believes it’s time to “clean the house.”
“We want to completely rebuild the Civil Service Commission,” Marcano said. “I think the police chief needs to have employment authority for new officers and trainees.”
He fully supports the state’s recommendation to conclude a consent decree to change departmental policies, training, records management, and employment practices.
“Our community is well worth much better than what they are getting now,” Marcano said. “I think we need a citizen accountability committee if law enforcement is justified.”
He said he wanted to do more than change the police. He wants to rethink public safety and create a fairer aurora.
Marcano is helping to revive the Community-based Police Task Force. He said his colleagues were working on a resolution to reappoint the task force.
Minter believes that he has a job to do to keep his community safe.
“I don’t think the government can fix itself without the specific factors we have proposed,” Minter said.
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