Among the many bills approved by the Colorado Legislature so far this year, a couple dealing with criminal justice have caught our eye. One would make police internal investigation records open to the public and the other would eliminate bail for low-level criminal offenses. We believe Gov. Jared Polis should sign both into law.
It should go without saying that no one is above the law, including those sworn to uphold the law. For that reason, it’s logical that allegations of police misconduct should be available for public inspection once the investigations into that misconduct have run their course.
If you, as a citizen, are arrested for a crime, then police fill out an arrest report. This report is a public record, regardless of whether you actually are convicted of that crime or not.