Denver to Pay $1M, Make Changes Over Jessie Hernandez Police Shooting

Accord­ing to Mohamedb­hai, the Den­ver Police Depart­ment has for­mally con­firmed that its rever­sal of a pol­icy allow­ing offi­cers to shoot at mov­ing or flee­ing vehi­cles, divulged in June 2015 shortly after then-Denver Dis­trict Attor­ney Mitch Mor­ris­sey decided against crim­i­nally charg­ing the cops who’d gunned down Her­nan­dez, was a direct result of the Jan­u­ary 26, 2015, shoot­ing — some­thing the DPD had pre­vi­ously been reluc­tant to acknowl­edge. In addi­tion, he reveals that the city has insti­tuted a pol­icy against releas­ing the crim­i­nal his­tory of police-shooting vic­tims imme­di­ately after inci­dents as a way of imply­ing that they got what they deserved.

A volatile sit­u­a­tion can be made worse by a PR cam­paign smear­ing the vic­tim,” Mohamedb­hai points out. “They’re not going to do that anymore.”

Mohamedb­hai adds that the City of Den­ver has treated the Her­nan­dez fam­ily with com­pas­sion and respect through­out the nego­ti­a­tion process — and he hopes this behav­ior will become the rule going for­ward rather than the exception.

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