Afternoon Headlines May 2, 2017

Longmont’s city council will discuss designating the city a “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants at tonight’s meeting. Last week, a federal judge blocked President Trump’s executive order to withhold funding for cities that refuse to deploy local law enforcement to carry out federal immigration policies. But more and more cities across the country are adopting a sanctuary city status.

Boulder announced its sanctuary status in January; Pitkin County commissioners passed protections last week; and on Saturday advocates in Denver presented a new sanctuary-city proposal. Similar efforts also are under way in Colorado Springs. At tonight’s Aurora School Board meeting, students will call on the school board to pass a resolution to keep APS a safe and inclusive school community and to commit to protecting the legal and constitutional rights of all district students. Three of the five largest school districts in Colorado have already passed similar resolutions amidst concerns for undocumented and mixed status families.

A severely mentally ill inmate has filed a lawsuit against the Denver Jail alleging an attempted cover up of evidence that showed the plaintiff being paraded naked through Denver Health Medical Center.
The suit, filed yesterday, accuses Interim Sheriff Elias of ordering the destruction of videos showing inmate Christopher Colbruno being paraded naked through the hospital.

The suit also alleges that jail Capt. Paul Ortega fired Internal Affairs Investigator Brent Miller after Miller refused to destroy the videos.

Miller has himself filed a federal lawsuit saying he was fired for speaking out against corruption within the sheriff’s department and the city’s public safety office.

Colbruno’s lawsuit says his Fourth and 14th amendment rights of illegal seizure and due process were violated.

Student members of the group Fossil CU met with Chancellor Phil DiStefano today. The students have been sitting in for 9 days at the Chancellor’s office on the Boulder campus, calling on him to make a statement in support of divestment of university investments from the fossil fuel industry. DiStefano told the students that he needed to confer with his cabinet.

Reporters from the Daily Camera received an apology today from the University after having been told that their journalists were not allowed enter the chancellor’s office to cover the sit in. The University contended that the office is private and not open to the public. A sign posted at the building showed photos of four Daily Camera journalists, and the inscription, “Not allowed in building.”

In a statement today CU said the sign was inappropriate and that they are still investigating why the sign was put up in the office.




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