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Colorado House Passes 2 Law Enforcement Oversight Bills

CBS Denver

DENVER (AP) – House lawmakers passed bills that limit the use of chokeholds by police in Colorado and make it easier to appoint special prosecutors when law enforcement are accused of using excessive force.

The House approved the bills Monday with bipartisan support.

One bill would allow chokeholds by police only in self-defense. Law enforcement officials asked legislators for that exception.

Another bill would allow judges to appoint special prosecutors in cases alleging excessive-force if a decision not to prosecute is questionable and deemed an abuse of discretion. A person would have to petition the court first.

Both proposals now head to the Senate.

The bills are among a package of proposals lawmakers are considering in response to public outcry over allegations of police misconduct in Colorado and the nation.

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Motorcyclist Suffers Serious Injuries In Hit & Run On West Colfax

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DENVER (CBS4) – Police in Denver are investigating a hit-and-run accident involving a motorcycle Monday night.

The crash occurred on westbound West Colfax Avenue at Perry Street at approximately 7:30 p.m.

A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital but is expected to survive.

The driver of the other vehicle fled the scene. Police said they are looking for mid-size white sedan with damage to the front passenger side.

Westbound Colfax had to be closed for the investigation.

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Longmont Resident In Lawsuit Calls Skydiving Plane ‘Penetrating’ & ‘Debilitating’

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LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – A trial started Monday against Boulder County’s Mile-Hi Skydiving, which takes passengers up in a Twin Otter plane that’s become the source of years of controversy.

Mile-Hi Skydiving has been operating out of Vance Brand Airport in Longmont for nearly 20 years. The plaintiffs in the case acknowledge they live near an airport, but argue the company’s Twin Otter plane creates excessive noise.

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“It’s our lives. We are subject to this 13 hours a day during the summer for the entire summer. It’s penetrating, it’s debilitating,” said Ingrid Moore.

Moore lives near the airport and is part of the Citizens for Quiet Skies group, which joined six others in filing suit against Mile-Hi. They hope the court can intervene to make the company change its practices, or stop using the Twin Otter altogether.

The Mile-Hi Twin Otter  skydiving plane (credit: CBS) The Mile-Hi Twin Otter skydiving plane (credit: CBS)

Moore said she…

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CBS4 Investigation: TSA Screeners At DIA Manipulated System To Grope Men’s Genitals

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DENVER (CBS4) – A CBS4 investigation has learned that two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired after they were discovered manipulating passenger screening systems to allow a male TSA employee to fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers.

It happened roughly a dozen times, according to information gathered by CBS4.

According to law enforcement reports obtained during the CBS4 investigation, a male TSA screener told a female colleague in 2014 that he “gropes” male passengers who come through the screening area at DIA.

“He related that when a male he finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female. When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area and this allows (the male TSA screener) to…

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Nets no longer control their playoff destiny after loss to Bulls

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NEW YORK — Heading into Monday night’s home contest against the Bulls, the Nets sat in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings, and were fully in control of their playoff destiny with two games remaining in the regular season.

After a disappointing performance in which Brooklyn was shredded 113-86 by a very good Chicago team, that is no longer the case.

“It was a disappointing loss, but the way I look at it, we have one more game left,” Nets head coach Lionel Hollins said afterward. “We have to win it. And the other teams have to win, too.

“Indiana has to win — if we win Wednesday and they don’t win both games, we’re still in. So that’s the way I’m looking at it.”

That’s the optimistic view, one that Hollins and the rest of the Nets are now forced to take. Brooklyn trails Indiana by a game…

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Blazers lose Nicolas Batum and C.J. McCollum to injuries in loss to Thunder (VIDEO)

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The Thunder beat the Blazers on Monday night, keeping themselves alive in the race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. That part didn’t have much drama. But the Blazers suffered two more injuries to rotation players when they least afford them.

Nicolas Batum was helped off the court in the first quarter after suffering an apparent knee injury:

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And C.J. McCollum suffered an ankle sprain in the second quarter:

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The Blazers were already scraping for depth on the wing, with season-ending injuries to Wesley Matthews and Dorell Wright. Arron Afflalo is also out with a shoulder injury. McCollum had been playing well in increased minutes, so the Blazers have to hope this injury isn’t serious. Otherwise, they’re going to have virtually no depth and hope that the likes of Allen Crabbe and Tim Frazier can suffice against the Clippers, Rockets…

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CBS4 Investigation: TSA Screeners At DIA Manipulated System To Grope Men’s Genitals

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DENVER (CBS4) – A CBS4 investigation has learned that two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired after they were discovered manipulating passenger screening systems to allow a male TSA employee to fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers.

It happened roughly a dozen times, according to information gathered by CBS4.

According to law enforcement reports obtained during the CBS4 investigation, a male TSA screener told a female colleague in 2014 that he “gropes” male passengers who come through the screening area at DIA.

“He related that when a male he finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female. When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area and this allows (the male TSA screener) to…

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