Citizen Oversight Board criticizes DPD over response to FOX31 story on excessive force

DENVER — In an open letter to Denver Police Chief Robert White, the Citizen Oversight Board criticized the department’s response to a FOX31 Denver investigation into the actions of officers during an arrest in which excessive force may have been used. Last month we reported on a video showing a Denver Police officer punching an […]

Witness who shot video of police punching suspect arrested, sent to jail

DENVER — A bystander who recently stepped forward with a video recording of Denver Police officers punching a drug suspect and then tripping his pregnant girlfriend during a violent arrest last August was in jail himself Thursday night. An attorney familiar with Levi Frasier’s arrest said that Denver Police stopped Frasier’s truck on Thursday and […]

Punching cop promoted despite FOX31 Denver report

DENVER — Just one week after FOX31 Denver first aired a citizen’s videotape of a police officer punching a drug suspect in the face, then tripping his pregnant girlfriend, the Denver Police Department has given that same officer a promotion. Charles “Chris” Jones IV is one of five officers who received a raise and new […]

Colorado legislators target police harassment of citizen video

DENVER — The Colorado State Legislature is putting police on notice: they need to stop intimidating citizens who record arrests on public streets. The idea for the proposed new law evolved after some lawmakers saw a series of reports aired by FOX31 Denver Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne. A bystander approached FOX31 Denver last Fall after […]

Bill would allow citizens to record peace officer-involved incidents

DENVER — Lawmakers will take up the issue of whether a citizen should have the right to record a peace officer-involved incident. Testimony on Tuesday could come from a man who recorded a tough-to-watch incident that recently involved local law enforcement. The tablet video shot by Levi Frasier could be part of the focal point […]

Denver Police accused of using excessive force, illegal search

Editors Note: Updates to this story can be found here. DENVER — FOX31 Denver has obtained video of a Denver Police officer punching an unarmed suspect in the face six times, then moments later, tripping the man’s seven-and-a-half-months pregnant girlfriend. A witness who recorded the August arrest on his Samsung tablet said police then seized […]

Denver Police accused of ignoring cellphone search laws

DENVER — A previously closed use of force investigation into a small group of Denver Police officers, accused of roughing up a suspect and his pregnant girlfriend, will get a second look following a FOX31 Denver investigation. The internal affairs unit of the Denver Police Department Tuesday began proactively reviewing circumstances surrounding the Aug. 14 […]

FBI now investigating alleged incident of DPD use of excessive force

DENVER — FOX31 Denver has confirmed that the FBI Public Corruption Unit is looking into the actions of a small group of Denver Police officers and if the department properly investigated a use of force incident. The investigation stems from a series of FOX31 Denver reports into an incident which occurred Aug. 14 in a […]

New app by ACLU to help citizens hold police accountable

DENVER — A free app that sends video to the American Civil Liberties Union is designed to help citizens hold police accountable for their actions. It is now downloadable for residents of Colorado and the Denver Police Department said it has no problem with it. Police point out people are already taping police interactions on […]