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Colorado Springs City Council is planning a second vote to form a commission on police accountability in mid-July. The council has held multiple work sessions over the past few weeks to discuss input from community groups on forming the commission.

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Protesters across the country have gathered to denounce police brutality and demand action from their representatives. In Colorado Springs, protesters remember George Floyd, but also invoke the names of De'Von Bailey, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade and others. 

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People gathered for a ninth day of protests in Colorado Springs Sunday. By late afternoon, hundreds of people were gathered on and around the steps of City Hall, with cars honking as they drove by.

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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers issued a curfew Wednesday, effective immediately, as protests sparked after the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota continue in the city and across the country. The protests around police brutality also invoke the names of De'Von Bailey in Colorado Springs, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Tony McDade in Florida, Nina Pop in Missouri and others.

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Protests against police brutality and the death of George Floyd continued for a third day in Colorado Springs on Monday.

Rep. John Lewis is the last living speaker from the March on Washington, the 1963 landmark civil rights protest that culminated with Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

But before Lewis dedicated his life to fighting for racial equality, he grew up in Troy, Ala., with dreams of becoming a different kind of orator.

"When I was very young, I wanted to preach the gospel," Lewis said on a visit to StoryCorps in February 2018.

He wanted to be a minister. His nearest congregation was the family livestock.

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Civil rights groups have filed a class action lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement for failing to treat the medical and mental health needs of detainees. Two of the plaintiffs are being held in the Mountain West. 

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Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 90 years old this year. And on today's holiday, the nation takes time to commemorate his legacy.



Football season kicks off soon with the sport still mired in controversy over whether players should stand for the national anthem. A new NFL policy that would force them to do that is now in limbo while the league negotiates with its players. But the underlying debate over whether political protest belongs on the football field is a familiar story to the University of Wyoming.

Funding for Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission and the Division of Civil Rights is uncertain following a vote in the legislature Thursday, Feb. 8. The Joint Budget Committee deadlocked in a 3-3 vote – which effectively shuts off funding to the agencies starting July 1. Gov. John Hickenlooper criticized the decision, saying it “sends the wrong message to Coloradans and businesses looking to move here.”

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Marianne Goodland of Colorado Politics and Ed Sealover of the Denver Business Journal about the politics behind the vote, and how it may impact other business at the capitol.

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Nov 3, 2015

Newscast for Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 5:32 PM:

  • A man who set off a small explosion near the NAACP office in Colorado Springs earlier this year has been sentenced to five years in federal prison. 44-year-old Thaddeus Murphy pleaded guilty in August to arson under an agreement with prosecutors, saying he was not targeting the nation's oldest civil rights organization.
  • It’s Election Day, and so far it appears statewide turnout will be relatively low. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol...

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  • Several school superintendents came to the state capitol on Monday to talk about the challenges of preparing young children for kindergarten.
  • Colorado lawmakers are starting to quantify the state's racial profiling by law enforcement in the aftermath of high-profile clashes between the public and officers around the nation.