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  • Denver Cop Jeff Motz Who Killed Dion Damon Has History of Violence

    April 25, 2016
    Denver Police Technician Jeffrey Motz was identified in a police press conference as having shot unarmed Dion Avila Damon seven times through the windshield of a car on Tuesday, April 12. While most media coverage in Denver focused on Dion’s alleged criminal history, no reports…...
  • Charges Dismissed After #Fight4Shani Call-in Campaign

    April 15, 2016
    Denver, CO – On the afternoon of April 14th, DA Mitch Morrissey announced that the charges against 15-year old Ashanti (Shani) Mills had been dismissed. His announcement came after a 6 month struggle by Shani and her family to fight for justice in what they…...
  • Dion Avila Damon Murdered by DPD With 7 Shots Into Windshield

    April 13, 2016
    UPDATE (4/18/16) – Today we received a letter from the Custodian of Records for the Department of Safety informing us that our open records request for the footage of the shooting has been denied. We plan to appeal the denial. UPDATE (4/13/16) – In a…...
  • Denver Activist Martin Wirth Killed in Eviction Standoff with Sheriffs

    February 24, 2016
    On the morning of February 24th, Martin Wirth was shot and killed in Bailey, Colorado as the Park County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve him with an eviction notice in the home where he had lived since 1998. A Corporal from the Sheriff’s Office was…...
  • Valentine Left for Denver Police at Vandalized Memorial

    February 16, 2016
    Denver, CO – On the morning of Monday, February 15, the Denver Police tweeted that an act of vandalism had occurred outside the police headquarters at 13th & Cherokee: Media Alert: Chief White will talk to media about Police Memorial Vandalism today at 10:00 a.m.…...
  • New Document: Denver Police Crowd Control Manual

    January 19, 2016
    The Denver Police Department’s Crowd Control Manual, as well as Department Directive 11-07 to which it is attached, have, as far as we know, not been available to the public until today. After requesting these documents under the Colorado Open Records Act, we received a…...
  • Homeless Forced Out of Tents and into Snowstorm by Denver Police

    December 16, 2015
    Denver, CO – In the early morning of December 15th, Denver police forced dozens of homeless community members of Resurrection Village into blizzard conditions. Since their tiny homes action on Oct. 24th, Resurrection Village members have been sleeping near various unused empty lots owned by…...
  • Denver to Oakland to Minneapolis! Protest at Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center

    November 17, 2015
    DENVER, CO, Nov 17, 2015 — UnicornRiot just recorded a live feed from a protest at Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center (490 W Colfax Ave). Law enforcement shoved the protesters out the door pretty quickly. From the Facebook event description, hosted by the Denver Community Defense…...
  • Released Video Shows Cold Blooded Murder of Paul Castaway By Denver Police

    September 15, 2015
    The July 12th (2015) shooting of Paul Castaway by Officer Michael Traudt was ruled justifiable. Unicorn Riot spoke with the family of Paul Castaway the night the Denver District Attorney released the video showing his killing. Lynn Eagle Feather Paul’s mother explained how she was…...
  • Activist Details Denver Police Harassment (w/ Interview) – Deprogram Ep. 16

    August 21, 2015
    During Episode 16 of “Deprogram”, Lorenzo and Niko were joined by Elisabeth Epps, an activist from Denver who spoke out about police intimidation tactics that she and others have recently experienced. The Denver Police Department is no stranger when it comes to controversial policing tactics…...