Denver Police Refuse To Answer Media Query Why They Killed 16-Year-Old Jessica Hernandez And Then Forbid Witnesses To Film In Public
By Martin Hill
February 2, 2015


A 16 year old girl was shot and killed by police in Denver, CO on Monday, January 26 at 6:30AM, after the girl had allegedly tried to run over one of the officers with her car. The initial call was for a report of a suspicious vehicle and when police found the car and ran the plates, the car came back listed as stolen. When they attempted to pull the car over, the driver allegedly hit one officer with her car and the police opened fire upon the car of four teenagers. The driver was killed and the other vehicle occupants were reportedly not seriously injured.

News reports stated that one witness, a bystander, was told by her mom to film the aftermath with her cellphone, but was forbidden by police to do so. Since it is 100% legal to film police in public, I asked the Denver PD about this news report.

Denver, Colorado Police Department lists a media relations page with an e-mail contact for queries, but a week later, they refuse to respond to a question about the killing of 16 year old girl Jessica Hernandez and their department policy regarding filming police in public. sent the Denver PD this e-mail last week:

Sent: Tue 1/27/15 9:27AM

Sirs: I am a freelance writer from Southern California and I have a question regarding the recent shooting death of 16 year old Jessica Hernandez.

The Denver Post has reported "Brianna Diaz, whose house backs up to the alley where the shooting happened, said her 16-year-old sister was a passenger in the car. Diaz said her mother ran out of the house after hearing the shots and was stopped by an officer who grabbed her and tried to calm her down. "My mom told me to start filming, but when I took out my phone, the cop was like, 'Don't you dare!' " she said. "
Can I ask what is the Denver, CO Police Dept. policy regarding filming police in public, and if you have any information verifying or refuting the allegations made about 'prohibitions of filming by police' in the Post article?

Thank you,

In Press conference after the killing of Jessie Hernandez, the police spokesman said "hopefully the officers actions were correct. If not, we'll address that."

The Denver Police can be contacted here:
Denver Police Headquarters
Police Administration Building
1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204-4507
Information Desk (720) 913-6010
Phone: (720) 913-2000

Administration Division
Deputy Chief of Administration Mary Beth Klee
Phone: (720) 913-6016

Operations Division
Deputy Chief of Operations David Quinones
Phone: (720) 913-6017

Media Inquiries - Contact the Denver Police Department Public Information Office can assist with media inquiries, records requests, and other communications related items.
Phone: (720)663-8203
Email: (media inquiries only)

The mayor of Denver, Michael B. Hancock, is a black man who is pictured on his twitter page hugging a group of minority youths about the same age as Jessica Hernandez. He issued a statement about the shooting on January 30th, which you can read below. I tweeted some questions to the mayor:

@MayorHancock Do YOU have any response to why police forbid filming in public when its already been to US Supreme court? VERY bad PR for you

— Martin (@LibertyFight) February 2, 2015

@MayorHancock Your Police DP refusal to answer why they forbid people to film police in public the front page of BAD

— Martin (@LibertyFight) February 2, 2015

@MayorHancock Your Police Deptrefuses to answer media query on their policy re: filming Cops. Why?

— Martin (@LibertyFight) February 2, 2015

The mayor's statement read:

Mayor Hancock Statement to the Community on the Hernandez Case DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today released a comprehensive statement regarding the Jessica Hernandez case. The Mayor committed to a fair and just process and outlined next steps to the community.

"The death of Jessica Hernandez is tragic, and my prayers are with the young woman’s family members and friends during their time of mourning. My thoughts are also with the police officers who were involved in this incident. This is difficult for our entire community. Let us summon our collective compassion and work together to heal the pain of such a heartbreaking loss. In the coming weeks, we can expect to hear a number of accounts of what happened in that alley. I encourage everyone to allow for a thorough investigation so that we can understand all the facts. Yes, that will take time. And yes, it is the right thing to do. I commit this city’s efforts to fairly and justly address this incident. As is protocol, the officers have been placed on administrative leave while the Denver District Attorney's Office reviews the case to determine if it will bring criminal charges. Following, the Denver Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau, with direct oversight from the Department of Safety and OIM, will conduct an investigation into the case to determine if disciplinary action is warranted. The Police Department, Department of Safety and OIM are also reviewing policies, procedures and training on shooting at moving vehicles and make recommended changes, if applicable. Once those steps are complete, the Police Department will publicly release the investigation.

"I would also like to express my support for the proposed code amendment to strengthen the Office of the Independent Monitor’s investigatory oversight. I believe this step will result in a more coordinated effort between all our safety departments and lead to better outcomes for all. Together, we have forged a stronger relationship between safety officers and residents by being open, honest and accountable. Time and again, my administration has taken swift steps to address critical matters, and I commit no less than that high standard in this case."

Statement to the Community on the Jessica Hernandez Case #Denver

— Michael B. Hancock (@MayorHancock) January 30, 2015

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