A lawsuit claims Denver’s homeless sweeps violate the constitutional rights of people living on the streets

The city isn’t responding to the lawsuit just yet.

Over two days in early March, Denver police and public works crews descended on the area around Lawrence Street and Park Avenue West, across the street from the Good Samaritan House, to clear out a large encampment of homeless people. A 65-year-old man named William Pepper was among the many people who lost everything they own.

Now Pepper is one of nine named defendants in a federal civil rights lawsuit that a Denver attorney hopes will turn into a class action case that puts an end to the sweeps.


LOOK: Back to school in 1873

View of the Arapahoe School in Denver, Colorado; people crowd the yard and entry steps. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-28315) arapahoe high school; historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
View of the Arapahoe School in Denver, Colorado; people crowd the yard and entry steps. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-28315)

All the kiddos in Denver Public Schools are back at their pencils. We went back to school this week too. Way, way, way back. Back to the city’s first high school, the Arapahoe School, which opened on Arapahoe between 17th and 18th in 1873.


Fifteen teenage girls and I went to the mall to meet Diegosaurs, the greatest YouTube star Colorado Springs has ever produced

I was getting pretty worried by 10 minutes to 6. I’d come to the mall for celebrity, but all I’d found so far was a Shea butter sample and a virtual-reality experience.

I’d searched YardHouse and J.C. Penney, asked around the Apple store and quizzed all the kiosks. No one had noticed a pink-haired kid trailed by a gaggle of teenage girls. Nobody had seen anyone famous.

And then I realized that I hadn’t checked the food court.

I crossed many dimensions in my search for celebrity at the mall. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)
I crossed many dimensions in my search for celebrity at the mall. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)

You might have almost as much in-game NFL experience as the Denver Broncos’ starting and reserve quarterbacks

Head coach Gary Kubiak doesn’t sound scared by Trevor Siemian’s and Paxton Lynch’s lack of experience.

Trevor Siemian, who has all of one NFL snap under his belt, is in the driver's seat for the Broncos' starting QB job. (Photo courtesy of Denver Broncos)
Trevor Siemian, who has all of one NFL snap under his belt, is in the driver’s seat for the Broncos’ starting QB job. (Photo courtesy of Denver Broncos)

The defending Super Bowl champions’ No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks very well could have one NFL snap between the two of them when the Broncos open the season against Carolina on Sept. 8.