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Denver’s Police Discipline Problem

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There’s a rather unsettling article in the Denver Post about the number of Denver police officers who have been disciplined yet are still on the force. The first question that comes to mind is, why? Among the acts that resulted in discipline:

In all,

At least 25 officers remained on the force from January 1997 through September 2006 after they were punished for what the department calls “departure from the truth.

Other examples:

City officials say these incidents and statistics show our police system is broken.

[Denver Safety Manager Al] LaCabe, who has formed a committee that is undertaking a two-year review of the discipline system, said this is the year he hopes to initiate reforms.

We trust our police to uphold the law, not break it. Reforms are way overdue.

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