Firman says it’s important for the immigrant community to trust local police and understand they’re not enforcing federal immigration law.
The Denver sheriff’s department is looking at how it communicates with immigration officials after Ever Valles was arrested on suspicion of murder last week.
The case of Marvin Booker, who died in 2010 at the hands of guards at the Denver jail, resulted in the biggest payout for an excessive force case in the city's history.
- Four deputies have been punished for their roles in such incidents in the past month.Read more
The Denver sheriff department is investing heavily in teaching deputies about 'verbal judo,' a practice that uses language to defuse a tense situation before it becomes unsafe.
The policy is part of a larger package of reforms the city and sheriff’s department is undertaking to overhaul the once-troubled department.
- The agency has been under heavy criticism after a series of deputy misconduct cases.Read more
- Stephanie O'Malley, executive director of the Department of Safety, said the board was 'undermining our authority' and called the decision "unwarranted."Read more
- The federal lawsuit says male guards are treated favorably, in part because they don't have to pat down female inmates.Read more