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A Proposal To Revamp Denver’s Criminal Justice System In 112 Steps

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People paid their respects at the mural of George Floyd on Denver’s Colfax Avenue Tuesday afternoon, April 20, after a Minneapolis jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin of murder in Floyd’s death last year.

A year ago, George Floyd’s murder prompted protests in cities across the country, including Denver, and activists here want to make sure the momentum continues towards racial justice. 

Last week, a community task force laid out its vision for how to improve Denver’s criminal justice system and reform the police, courtrooms, and the city’s approach to people experiencing homelessness. It’s now up to Denver’s leaders to decide whether to adopt the recommendations.

We speak with two members of the task force: Pastor Robert Davis who helped lead the group and Ru Johnson, a community activist.