Sign up for our daily briefing

Make your busy days simpler with Axios AM/PM. Catch up on what's new and why it matters in just 5 minutes.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on the day's biggest business stories

Subscribe to Axios Closer for insights into the day’s business news and trends and why they matter

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Stay on top of the latest market trends

Subscribe to Axios Markets for the latest market trends and economic insights. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sports news worthy of your time

Binge on the stats and stories that drive the sports world with Axios Sports. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tech news worthy of your time

Get our smart take on technology from the Valley and D.C. with Axios Login. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Get the inside stories

Get an insider's guide to the new White House with Axios Sneak Peek. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Denver news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Des Moines news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Twin Cities news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Twin Cities

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Tampa Bay news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Tampa Bay

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Charlotte news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Charlotte

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sign up for Axios NW Arkansas

Stay up-to-date on the most important and interesting stories affecting NW Arkansas, authored by local reporters

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

A map of Denver showing hot spots for shootings in 2020. Image: Denver Police Department.

Mayor Michael Hancock's administration outlined a new vision Monday to combat rising crime rates in Denver "without overpolicing."

Why it matters: The blueprint represents an alternative to a plan released by a resident-led task force Friday that calls for a non-law-enforcement approach to public safety.

  • It comes a year after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis prompted Black Lives Matter protests and demands to address systemic problems in policing across the country.

Details: Unlike the task force's guidance, Hancock's approach is spearheaded by police, focusing on five areas — mostly lower-income and more-diverse communities — that account for a disproportionate amount of violent crime.

  • The areas include: South Federal Boulevard and West Alameda Avenue; Colfax Avenue and Broadway; East Colfax Avenue and North Yosemite Street; East 47th Avenue and North Peoria Street; and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Holly Street.
  • It calls for more high-visibility foot patrols, community collaborations and a new division dedicated to making sure Denver's public safety agencies are continuously working to improve their operations.

Of note: Hancock and other city officials would not commit to implementing any of the task force's 112 recommendations after pulling out of talks with the group this year.

  • The report's authors didn't respond to the mayor's proposal, but city council member Candi CdeBaca told the Denver Gazette she supports implementing the task force recommendations.
  • Police chief Paul Pazen refused to answer a question about whether the city's plans would require additional officers.

Between the lines: The data-driven and cross-agency approach to crime is not new in Denver, and neither are the geographic areas in question. But the increase in violence — which officials blame on the pandemic — is getting more attention at City Hall.

  • In 2020, killings increased 47%, and aggravated assaults rose 63% citywide, compared with the three-year average, the police chief said.
  • In 2021, the crime rates are continuing to increase over the average.

The big picture: In response to recent calls for reform, Hancock said the city's Police Department changed its use-of-force policies and increased the number of social services officials who respond to 911 calls.

  • "We will continue to work against racism and crime," he said. "We have to keep our streets and our neighborhoods safe. We can and we must do both."
Not a valid email format.
Not a valid email format.
Server error. Please try a different email.
Not a valid email format.
Not a valid email format.
Server error. Please try a different email.
Not a valid email format.
Not a valid email format.
Server error. Please try a different email.
Not a valid email format.
Not a valid email format.
Server error. Please try a different email.
Not a valid email format.
Not a valid email format.
Server error. Please try a different email.

Go deeper

Chauvin trial leaves cities, activists across America on edge

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The impact of the Derek Chauvin trial is reverberating far beyond the walls of the downtown Minneapolis courtroom.

The state of play: With the trial set to enter its third week, activists across America are watching the proceedings unfold with heavy skepticism that what they perceive as justice will be served.

Feb 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Colorado police had no legal basis to stop, frisk or restrain Elijah McClain, report finds

A protester holds a poster of Elijah McClain during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march. Photo: Tim Evans/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Police in Aurora, Colorado, had no legal basis to stop, frisk or use a chokehold on Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died in custody in 2019, according to a report by independent investigators released Monday.

Driving the news: The City Council in the Denver suburb ordered the independent review in June amid nationwide protests over the police killing George Floyd and other Black people.

28 U.S. citizens depart Afghanistan on Qatar Airways flight

Passengers board a Qatar Airways aircraft bound to Qatar at the airport in Kabul on September 10, 2021. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department on Saturday confirmed that a Qatar Airways charter flight left Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents on board.

The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift by Qatar Airways since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, AP reports.