Please join us for an update on our efforts on the DPD Use of Force task force. In our first gathering, we shared with the community what the process on this committee has looked like and what we and representatives from other organizatios had hoped to accomplish. We also wanted to receive community feedback given that we joined this committee to ensure that our community had a voice in the process. For this meeting, we are hoping to share our proposals for the policy itself and again hope to get community input. It is crucial that we have strong attendance to this event, so please make it if you can. More details about the history of this process are below. If you were unable to attend last time or would like a refresher on what happened, view the livestream from the previous event at https://www.facebook.com/DenverJusticeProject/videos/1496216420432742/.
Since April 2017, the city of Denver has held weekly Use of Force policy meetings. The Use of Force committee is composed of community members, community organizations, and Denver Police Dept. representatives. As a working group, we were tasked to try and work collaboratively around developing and revising the Denver Police Dept.’s Use of Force policy.
This committee was the result of public outcry against the Denver Police Department, as DPD was very resistant to creating a transparent process for the development of its Use of Force policy.
To counter DPD’s reluctance to involve community in drafting a policy which deeply impacts the community, Denver residents coordinated three community-based forums culminating in a large public Townhall prior to the development of what is now the Use of Force committee.
For over 12 weeks the Use of Force committee–and, more recently, its 3 subcommittees–met every Tuesday, yet there has been very little public update on how the process has been going, where we are now, and when we expect a finished product to be implemented.