By Colorado Latino Forum
The Colorado Latino Forum has learned that an inmate was killed this morning at approximately 7:10 AM in Denver’s Downtown Detention Center. Our understanding is the death was a result of an inmate-on-inmate assault. First, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family. No one expects their loved one to go to jail, only to be released in a body bag.
Second, CLF has been warning Sheriff Patrick Firman, Safety Director Stephanie O’Malley, City Attorney Kristin Bronson, and Mayor Michael Hancock about an impending tragedy as a result of the critical situation in Denver’s jails due to jail overcrowding, extreme staff shortages, and rising assaults. While not all of the facts are out, we fully expect a transparent investigation, not only of the direct actors involved, but also an up-the chain inquiry.
Ultimately, the buck stops with leadership at the top, and they too must be held accountable. We will look to see whether Mayor Hancock will address the jail crisis and loss of life in today’s State of the City speech, or if more platitudes will he served up to Denver’s voters. Up until now city leadership has been missing in action regarding community demands for answers from top public officials regarding Denver’s increasing jail crisis.
We will remain resolute in holding those accountable who were on notice to prevent the next tragedy from occurring. We stand in solidarity with Denver’s incarcerated community and the line-staff who were dealing with unsafe and dangerous conditions every day. We will continue to fight to improve the conditions inside Denver’s jails, and will continue the struggle for the community to be heard until real reform finally occurs.