By Anthony Cotton
A coalition of community groups, including the NAACP, the National Lawyers Guild and Colorado Progressive Action said Wednesday night they have begun circulating a petition to recall Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey.
"During the 11 years that Morrissey has held office, Denver's tax-payers have paid millions of dollars to settle police brutality cases, some of which have resulted in the death of innocent civilians. Morrissey has never once filed charges against law enforcement officers in any excessive use of force cases," the group said in a news release.
The recall movement comes less than a week after Morrissey announced that his office would not press charges against the two Denver police officers who shot and killed Jessica Hernandez in January.
Lynn Kimbrough, a spokeswoman for Morrissey, said Wednesday night that the DA's office was aware of the petition, but would have no comment.
The statement said 53,925 signatures from registered Denver voters were needed by Aug. 4 to continue the recall effort.
Thought Leader, Strategist, Change Agent, Lytle is a newspaper journalist turned NAACP Freedom Fighter and CO MT WY State Conference President. She was elected Chair of Midwest Region IV for the NAACP 105th Annual Convention. Rosemary first joined the organization at age 16 after winning an Essay Contest sponsored by the Gary Branch NAACP. For 8 years, she served as President of the NAACP Colorado Springs Branch. In December, she was appointed to the NAACP President & CEO Search Committee which selected Dr. Cornell William Brooks. Her hot topics: criminal justice reform -- including death penalty abolition & community re-entry for those previously incarcerated, labor & economic justice, climate action, ending the educational achievement gap, LGBTQ equality, health equity, voting rights, ending discrimination in all its forms.