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Are Protests Ushering In A New Era Of Policing?

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Protesters stand in unison at Civic Center Park on June 6, 2020, to fight racism and police brutality.

Policing in Denver has changed, in part, both because a court intervened and because of public pressure. What is the right role for police? When does the community need them? When does it not? A new program called STAR (Support Team Assisted Response) now allows dispatchers to send a team of mental health experts, and not a police officer, to a mental health crisis they deem "low-risk." It's a pilot program that comes amid calls for the community to re-envision police departments.