The fatal shooting at the conclusion of dueling right- and left-leaning rallies in Denver last weekend raised a host of questions about the use of private security, as Matthew Dolloff — an unlicensed security contractor hired by 9News to protect its journalists — is due to be charged Monday with second-degree murder in the killing of demonstrator Lee Keltner.
In today’s Denver Post, reporter Elise Schmelzer shows how the lack of statewide regulation of security guards or the companies that provide them in Colorado has left a patchwork of different standards across the state and a lack of transparency.
This state is just one of nine that does not regulate security guards or security companies, which means Colorado has no statewide training or hiring standards for the people — there are 6,500 licensed security guards working in Denver alone — who fill these quasi law enforcement roles. Six of the 10 largest cities in Colorado do not require any licensing for security guards, and the four that do, including Denver, each have different rules and levels of oversight.
Additionally, reporter Noelle Phillips looks at the trend of news organizations — largely television networks and stations — hiring private security to accompany their journalists as they cover contentious political protests and events. As one expert tells her, “The environment for news reporters and media crews has become more dangerous in recent years.”
We hope you’ll read these stories, which provide important additional context to last weekend’s tragedy in Denver.
— Matt Sebastien, The Denver Post
No statewide regulation of Colorado security guards creates patchwork of standards, lack of transparency
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Mayor Michael Hancock and Bob McDonald, executive director of the city’s Department of Public Health and Environment, on Friday announced two new public health orders expanding the requirements for facial coverings and further limiting gathering sizes in an effort to rein in the increasing spread of COVID-19. Read More…
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Burning between Jamestown and Lyons, the CalWood fire is believed to already have destroyed “a number of structures,” though that remains unconfirmed, Mike Wagner, division chief with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, said during a briefing Saturday night.
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Cameron Peak fire nears 200,000 acres, burns more structures as firefighters take advantage of conditions
The massive Cameron Peak fire in Larimer County neared 200,000 acres in size Saturday as it continued to grow, pushed by gusty winds that forced new evacuations and helped spark additional spot fires, sending the flames closer to urban areas.
By nightfall, fire managers announced the 2-month-old wildfire — the largest in Colorado’s recorded history — had grown to 199,356 acres, or about 311 square miles, on Saturday, and destroyed an unconfirmed additional number of structures.
Thanks to less-severe wind conditions on the firelines, crews saw “reduced fire behavior” Saturday and were able to increase containment to 62% and make progress in key areas, officials said. Read More…
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PHOTOS: A frame by frame account of the Denver protest shooting
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