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Colorado Springs attorneys join downtown protests

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- While the crowd of protestors in downtown Colorado Springs became smaller on Monday, a new group joined their efforts.

More than a dozen attorneys with the public defender's office and the Colorado Criminal Defense bar rallied with protestors outside the El Paso County Courthouse and City hall supporting their efforts for change and new legislation going through the state senate that would drastically change how law enforcement in the state operate.

One of the attorneys is Josh Tolini, he's the head of the Colorado Criminal Defense bar for El Paso County. He says the legislation called Senate Bill 217, also known as the police accountability bill, is the first real step in police reform.

“The bill is a very good starting point," Tolini says, "It’s going to bring uniform policies across the entire state.”

Some of the changes SB 217 would implement include police body camera footage being released within 14 days of an encounter, officers can no longer use chokeholds, a database that tracks police encounters with and more. But Tolini says the ost important measure is officers can be criminally prosecuted for misuse of force.

“Doing away with qualified immunity, that means officers really act with impunity and are protected civilly unless there is a case and point that they have done the exact same thing," Tolini says, "So it really precludes from them being held and the only place and the only place people can get justice is in the civil court.”

Despite some push back from State Republicans and well-known lawyers like District Attorney George Brauchler, Public defender Scott Gallagher says the bill should be passed as is, “I agree with it 100 percent, the whole thing should go through as it is currently written.” Adding if passed, it will actually help police officers.

“Police have very difficult jobs and ultimately we need to support police in doing right by them, I think this bill will help police do their jobs better,” Gallagher says.

The state senate will have a final vote on the bill Tuesday. If passed it will then go to the state house of representatives.

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Chase Golightly

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  1. I warned you all in the past that this was coming. Well here it is. Next will be that they can no longer shoot unless fired upon. No more shooting people if you don’t see a weapon and it is being used in some sort of threatening manner.

    1. Where’s the amendment that states police need to do their shifts with their wrists zip stripped behind them? Might as well have added that one.

  2. This is all a sham. I watched new released footage of georgie resisting arrest clear as day. Then you have one of the police officers attorney on CNNFAKENEWS explaining this man was saying ” I cant breathe” before even being put in the cop car, prior to being placed on the pavement. And Chauvin was trained in this specific way of handling a suspect, not saying this method is right whatsoever, but this is regularly taught. This cop was an a$$hole but not out hunting for black people. the media should be ashamed at what they have capitulated. Just wait till the body cam footage is released people.

    1. You’re wrong. The chief of police there stated, specifically,” We do not teach that. We never have. I have never seen that kind of force used or trained for anywhere, ever. Unanimously, most police chiefs across the nation cringe when they have seen the footage and state they have never seen or taught or would approve of kneeling on a neck. Try “REALnews”

  3. The chief of police? Is this the same racist chief that said it wasn’t necessary to go outside with the protestors because he felt no need to do so? He is out of touch and too old to change. He needs to go.

  4. Bottom of the barrel lawyers trying to get their next clients. Amazing how low a lawyer will stoop the get a dollar. I say instead of disbanding the police, I say disband all lawyers.

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