Mental Health Professionals Instead of Police

A new program in Denver, known as the Support Team Assisted Response Program, or STAR, directs a two-person team consisting of a paramedic and a mental health clinician in a van to respond to nonviolent 911 calls instead of traditional uniformed police officers.

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Change in Chemical Restraints Law

In response to the death of Elijah McClain, the Colorado State Legislature passed House Bill 21-1251 to substantially limit a first responder’s use of chemical restraints, such as ketamine.

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Police Liability

The Colorado Legislature, recognizing the need for greater accountability in policing, passed the Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity Act in June 2020.

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Death Penalty

On March 23, 2020, a huge victory was won by Colorado Criminal Defense Attorneys and civil rights advocates.

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