Monitor reviewing Denver sheriff investigations
DENVER — Denver’s independent monitor says the Denver Sheriff’s Department failed to investigate dozens of serious allegations of deputy misconduct over the past two years, including inmate claims that deputies choked them, sexually harassed them and used racial slurs.
According to the Denver Post, the monitor determined that there were 861 inmate complaints filed that there were serious complaints that included allegations of excessive force, sexual misconduct and bias. The monitor questioned decisions by the department’s internal affairs bureau to investigate only nine of those cases.
The report also says the sheriff’s department failed to notify the monitor’s office of misconduct complaints as required by city laws.
The sheriff’s department denies the allegations and says its procedures have been praised in the past.