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Reddit AMA with the Denver Police: SWAT, LoDo let-out and more

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Big photos and more below.
Yesterday, in a post about a Twitter debate about plagiarism and social media between the Denver Police Department and media members, we noted that DPD chief of staff Lieutenant Matt Murray would be taking part last night in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session. The chat went off as planned, with topics running the gamut from militarization and surveillance to favorite movies and pot -- lotsa pot questions. We've collected and photo-illustrated highlights of the wide-ranging conversation, which provides plenty of insight into the department. Check it out below.

MILITARIZATION

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AMA question: Have you ever visited /r/bad_cop_no_donut? How do you respond to those who believe that the police force has become militarized and corrupt to the point where it is no longer able to function as a law enforcement agency? Please note that this is not my view, but I see that argument being advanced more and more, and I've always been interested to hear how a police officer would respond to those charges.

DPD: I came on the job in 1991. We are much LESS militarized than we were then.

AMA question: You claimed "We are much LESS militarized than we were then." I was just seeking clarification about what you meant, whether it be equipment, tactics, attitude, or whatnot. How has the police force become less militarized?

DPD: Attitude, structure, culture....

1. Attitude -- goes to what Chief White says, treat everyone with respect
2. Structure -- create a department poised to PREVENT crime
3. Culture -- officers have to change the way they perceive their responsibilities to the public.

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

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AMA question: How has it been adjusting to marijuana being legal? Does your department support the law? What problems has it solved/created?

DPD: We don't have a position. Our job is to follow and enforce the law. It is certainly more complicated. We are also seeing, contrary to the pro-marijuana lobby, more marijuana in possession of youth.

AMA question: Would you take that as people being more open (even if they are minors) with their marijuana use/ being stupid about it, or there being an increase in use among minors?

DPD: Not going top make a value judgement. We will stick to facts. We are seeing more juveniles using and possessing marijuana than before it was legal.

AMA question: Are there numbers to back that up?

Continue for more photo-illustrated highlights from the Denver Police AMA on Reddit.


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NotBuyingIt
NotBuyingIt

"DPD: I came on the job in 1991. We are much LESS militarized than we were then." -- THIS IS A LIE!......This is the similar answer the DHS offers when asked about their steady military build-up and violation of the Constitution...The reason he's lying about it is because it's CLASSIFIED....The DPD is not allowed to announce it is assisting the DHS in a build-up to a ground war with the American people...The DHS is  dumping funds into these departments now and they expect a return on their investment...They have all been bought and sold....Total LIES!

Marc Khan
Marc Khan

I think he hasn't read the law. Concentrates are illegal apparently.

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

I would have asked: Why does it seem so complicated to fire a police officer? How has the department fixed it issue with accurate reporting of crimes? Why is it you rarely see an officer stopping some one after they ran a red light? Just to mention a few questions.

Matt_Brown
Matt_Brown

I'm curious about his very last answer that it is still illegal to possess concentrate. From the full text of A64 at regulatemarijuana.org:

2(f) Definitions:

"MARIJUANA” OR “MARIHUANA” MEANS ALL PARTS OF THE PLANT OF THE GENUS CANNABIS WHETHER GROWING OR NOT, THE SEEDS THEREOF, THE RESIN EXTRACTED FROM ANY PART OF THE PLANT, AND EVERY COMPOUND, MANUFACTURE, SALT, DERIVATIVE, MIXTURE, OR PREPARATION OF THE PLANT, ITS SEEDS, OR ITS RESIN, INCLUDING MARIHUANA CONCENTRATE. “MARIJUANA” OR “MARIHUANA” DOES NOT INCLUDE INDUSTRIAL HEMP, NOR DOES IT INCLUDE FIBER PRODUCED FROM THE STALKS, OIL, OR CAKE MADE FROM THE SEEDS OF THE PLANT, STERILIZED SEED OF THE PLANT WHICH IS INCAPABLE OF GERMINATION, OR THE WEIGHT OF ANY OTHER INGREDIENT COMBINED WITH MARIJUANA TO PREPARE TOPICAL OR ORAL ADMINISTRATIONS, FOOD, DRINK, OR OTHER PRODUCT.

Matt_Brown
Matt_Brown

I'm curious about his very last answer that it is still illegal to possess concentrate. From the full text of A64 at regulatemarijuana.org:

2(f)

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