No charges for police who detained Denver reporter taking photos

Author: Associated Press - August 24, 2018 - Updated: August 24, 2018

In this July 5 photo provided by The Colorado Independent Denver police approach Susan Greene, editor of The Colorado Independent, as she was taking photos of them standing near a naked man on a downtown Denver sidewalk. Greene says police told her to stop taking photos and, when she refused, handcuffed her. She was later released. Colorado law protects the public’s right to photograph peace officer actions. (Susan Greene/The Colorado Independent via AP)

A Colorado prosecutor will not file charges against a police officer who handcuffed a Denver journalist after she took photographs of several officers standing around a naked, handcuffed man seated on a downtown sidewalk.

A spokesman for Denver District Attorney Beth McCann says there was not enough evidence to file and prove criminal charges. Spokesman Ken Lane says McCann told the journalist, Susan Greene, about the decision on Thursday.

Greene, editor of The Colorado Independent, reported on July 5 that she took the photos from a public sidewalk. Greene said an officer told her to stop, then handcuffed her and put her inside a patrol car.

Denver’s police department opened an internal investigation. The department on Thursday did not immediately return a message seeking an update on that review.

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