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Former Independent Monitor Nick Mitchell On The Future Of Police Accountability In Denver

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Nick Mitchell was the independent monitor in Denver for 8 years, from 2012-2020. He recently left to start a new job with the Los Angeles County Jail system to address unconstitutional conditions.

The police shooting of Paul Childs, a 15-year-old with developmental disabilities, rocked the Denver community in 2003. The killing led to the creation of an independent monitor, a watchdog over the city's police and sheriff's departments. Nick Mitchell was only the second person to step into that role in Denver. He spent 8 years working with communities and law enforcement. And he's moving on, just as the DPD reckons with how it handled last summer's Black Lives Matter protests.