Denver City Council surprised by police powers proposed for civilian ‘enforcement team’

Denver City Council surprised by police powers proposed for civilian ‘enforcement team’

[Ed. – This is what I’ve been warning about.  “Defunding police,” followed by creating “civilian enforcement” squads with supposedly service-focused charters, is a Trojan horse for “law enforcement” that isn’t bound by the rules the voters have agreed to.  The concept will be outside state law (which defines crimes and articulates rules for police), and won’t entail the training and accountability measures that go with sworn officers.]

As the administration of Mayor Michael Hancock tries to manage growing homeless encampments across the city, Denver City Council members are questioning whether the new Street Enforcement Team’s powers are appropriate. …

The Hancock administration’s plan for the Street Enforcement Team, which staffers likened to park rangers when it was unveiled in July, is to give its members authority to enforce and issue citations for twenty laws, including ones generally associated with people experiencing homelessness, such as unauthorized camping, public urination, trespassing and obstruction of the public right-of-way. The team will also be able to issue citations for failure to obey a lawful order, providing false information and violating court orders.

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