Ms. Denise Maes, representing the ACLU, testified in support of HB 19-1119. Ms. Maes discussed the stakeholder process in crafting the bill, and compromises that have reduced opposition to the legislation. Ms. Maes rebutted assertions made during previous testimony, and discussed the limited scope of the bill.
Ms. Rebecca Wallace, representing the ACLU, testified in support of the bill. She discussed internal investigation cases that the ACLU has litigated. Ms. Wallace explained that litigation is not a solution to the problem, and discussed the stakeholder process that resulted in the bill. She answered questions from the committee about discussions with law enforcement. Questions were raised about the value of exposing false accusations. Discussion ensued regarding court rulings pertaining to law enforcement internal investigations, and the necessity for the legislation in light of the processes currently in place for release of internal investigation information. Ms. Maes responded to questions regarding Denver's internal investigation process, and the timeline for the process established by HB 19-1119. Ms. Wallace responded to questions regarding a waiver of privacy interests under the bill, and internal investigations in states with laws similar to HB 19-1119. Discussion followed regarding the need for internal investigation disclosure specifically for police officers. Ms. Maes responded to questions regarding the need for disclosure of a full file associated with a police internal investigation, and the position of certain stakeholders on the bill.