DENVER — Denver City Council quashed a proposal Monday night from Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca which would have asked voters in November to abolish the Denver Police Department and create a “peace force” in its place.
The long-shot measure lacked details and was almost certain to fail.
CdeBaca said it was still useful to force her colleagues to take a stance on race relations and police reform, which bubbled to the surface once more during Denver’s George Floyd protests.
While the measure did force the rest of council to vote — only CdeBaca voted for the measure and Councilman Chris Hinds abstained — it also alienated CdeBaca from the rest of the group. Some council members said they might support shifting cash away from law enforcement but chided the councilwoman for leaving them out of the process meant to workshop such ballot measures.
Rather than submitting her proposal to the council’s committees — of which she said she’s mistrustful — CdeBaca filed them directly onto the group’s Monday agenda late last week. That afforded the group little time to understand the measure and even less time to suggest changes.