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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis holds up a face mask featuring the state's new advertising campaign to encourage residents to protect against COVID-19 during a news conference about the steady increase in cases of the new coronavirus in the state in Denver. Colorado Gov. Polis is quarantining himself after learning that Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman tested positive for the coronavirus. Coffman's diagnosis on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, came over a week after he and the governor appeared with other officials at a news conference. A Polis spokesperson said the governor would quarantine while waiting to hear from contact tracers. Coffman said he worked from home starting Thursday after not feeling well and his symptoms were gone by Saturday. He says he got a rapid test Sunday in hopes of being cleared to return to his office and schedule but will now quarantine at home. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado governor will not quarantine after OK by agency

Oct. 25, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A health agency told Colorado Gov. Jared Polis that he does not need to quarantine himself after meeting with Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, the governor's office said Sunday. The Tri-County Health Department, which oversees Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas...

Relatives bury Isaac Nolasco who died of reasons not believed related to COVID-19, in a section of the municipal cemetery Valle de Chalco amid the new coronavirus pandemic, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Mexican families traditionally flock to local cemeteries to honor their dead relatives as part of the

The Latest: Mexico health officials acknowledge higher toll

Oct. 25, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexican health authorities acknowledge the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is far higher than previously thought, saying there were 193,170 “excess” deaths in the year up to Sept. 26. Of those, 139,153 are now judged to be attributable to...

'No-knock' warrants by police banned in Aurora, Colorado

Oct. 20, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — City officials in Aurora, Colorado, have banned ‘no-knock’ police raids, the latest effort to reform law enforcement tactics after police fatally shot Breonna Taylor in her Kentucky apartment this year. The Aurora City Council voted 7-3 on Monday to prohibit police from forcibly...

Panel upholds firing of Colorado cop for ignoring pleas

Oct. 6, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — An independent municipal panel on Tuesday upheld the termination of a Colorado police officer fired for not assisting a restrained Black woman who begged for help after she became lodged upside down in the back of his patrol car. In a written ruling, Aurora’s civil service commission...

Panel considers firing of officer for ignoring woman's pleas

Oct. 2, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — An independent panel is considering whether a Colorado police officer should get his job back after being fired for not assisting a Black woman who begged for help after she became lodged upside down in the back of his patrol car. Aurora's civil service commission began its deliberations...

A man holds up a sign during a protest, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Racism trips up Black police candidates at the very beginning of the application process and as they seek later promotion, complicating efforts to make law enforcement agencies more diverse, say numerous experts and Black police associations and officers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Tests, background checks can thwart police diversity effort

Oct. 2, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Racism trips up Black police candidates at the very start of the application process and later as they seek promotion, complicating efforts to make law enforcement agencies more diverse, experts, officers and Black police associations say. Black applicants to law enforcement agencies...

Fired officer says he didn't believe woman's cries for help

Oct. 1, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado police officer fired for ignoring the cries for help from a Black woman riding in his cruiser upside down while restrained said Thursday he did not know she had fallen off the back seat into that position and, based on his experience, he did not believe she was in trouble. During a...

Video: Hobbled Black woman begged for help in police cruiser

Sep. 30, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A suburban police agency near Denver is facing more scrutiny for its officers’ treatment of Black people after a video emerged showing a woman begging to be lifted up after she fell to the floor in the back of a police cruiser with her hands and feet cuffed behind her. In the police...

No charges for man who drove through protest near Denver

Sep. 23, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A man who drove his Jeep through a demonstration on an interstate in suburban Denver, drawing gunfire that injured two protesters, will not face charges unless more evidence comes to light, prosecutors said Wednesday. District Attorney George Brauchler said during a news...

Crowd protests charges against Denver anti-racism leaders

Sep. 19, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — People gathered at the Colorado state Capitol in Denver on Saturday to protest the filing of felony charges against several leaders of racial justice demonstrations. Six protesters, including organizers of demonstrations over the killing of Black 23-year-old Elijah McClain in Aurora, could...