Colorado New Roundup: ACLU wants 304 Colorado communities to drop panhandling bans (08.31.16)
DENVER — The American Civil Liberties Union wants 34 Colorado cities and towns to get rid of ordinances that bar panhandling.
The ACLU sent letters to the communities across the state on Wednesday asking them to scrap the laws and not enforce them in the meantime.
Last year, the ACLU successfully blocked a Grand Junction law that limited when and where people could ask for money. Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs changed their similar laws or stopped enforcing them following that ruling.
The ACLU says the laws it’s challenging now are much more restrictive and make it illegal to ask for charity anywhere at any time.
It’s not clear how many of the communities are enforcing them. The ACLU reviewed court records for 10 of them and found eight have been.
Denver police say suspect who reached for officer’s gun dead
DENVER — Police say a man was fatally shot when he reached for an officer’s gun during a fight in Denver.
The shooting happened after police tried to serve a suspect with several warrants at a property on Wednesday afternoon. A man escaped and the fight broke out after officers caught up with him.
Police say three officers were also injured but weren’t shot.
Denver officer hit during 2014 protest returns to work
DENVER — A Denver police officer hit and dragged by a car during a student protest is back at work nearly two years later.
Officer John Adsit returned to office duty on Wednesday. He was hospitalized for more than two months, has had more than a dozen surgeries and still has limited movement in his left arm because of nerve damage.
Adsit and three other bicycle officers were hit in December 2014. They were monitoring a protest of hundreds of students over the decision not to indict a police officer in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
The driver suffered a seizure and was sentenced to six years of probation for vehicular assault and not disclosing his history of seizures when getting a driver’s license.
CU business dean accused of gender discrimination to resign
BOULDER, Colo. — The dean of University of Colorado’s business school is resigning from his position amid allegations of gender discrimination.
The Daily Camera reports David Ikenberry said in a resignation letter Monday he thinks the Leeds School of Business “needs a fresh start.” Ikenberry will remain in his post until Senior Vice Provost Bill Kaempfer takes over as interim dean sometime this semester.
Ikenberry’s decision comes after CU paid $40,000 to settle allegations from a staffer who accused the dean of discriminating against her for being female and over the age of 40.
The federal gender discrimination complaint is one of three filed against the school. One is still pending and another was dismissed in April.
Ikenberry says supporting people of various backgrounds has been a “cornerstone” of his leadership.
Greeley man dies after hitting standing water on I-76
STERLING, Colo. — Heavy rain likely contributed to the death of a Greeley man driving on Interstate 76 near Sterling.
The Colorado State Patrol says 37-year-old Shawn Wilbanks encountered heavy rain and standing water as he was pulling a trailer with his pickup on Tuesday afternoon. The Greeley Tribune reports that the vehicles hydroplaned and rolled onto the side of the road. He was wearing a seatbelt but declared dead at the scene.
Troopers don’t think drugs or alcohol were involved.
Colorado asks Walmart for ‘ugly’ produce
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Food banks in Colorado are pushing for Walmart to sell “ugly” produce for discounted prices.
The Coloradoan reports that the retailer sells misshapen, oddly sized or discolored fruit in some states for discounted prices, but the program isn’t available at its Fort Collins, Denver and Boulder stores.
Food waste reduction organization ReFED says uneaten food emits greenhouse gases and takes up about one-fifth of all landfill space nationwide.
Jordan Figueiredo started a national petition for Walmart to sell the imperfect produce. He says many farmers know retailers won’t buy the “ugly” produce, so it is composted, donated or tossed in the landfill.
Walmart spokesman John Forrest Ales wouldn’t say how much unwanted produce is picked out at distribution centers across the country. He didn’t make any promises about Colorado but says Walmart considers everything.
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