Denver Public School Tells Students Cops Are Trained To See Minorities as Criminals

A still from the "Don't Be A Bystander" video (YouTube).
August 25, 2022

A Denver public high school this week showed students a video that claimed police "have been trained to see people of color" as criminals.

During an assembly Tuesday, students at Denver South High School watched "Don’t Be a Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding to Racist Attacks,"  Fox 31 reported. The video also claims police target "gender non-conforming folks and Muslims," and instructed students to "avoid the police," who "often treat victims as perpetrators of violence."

Denver South’s principal defended the video to parents, saying it was intended to "provide empowerment for people who may witness these types of attacks." A spokesman for the school later said the video, produced by the liberal Barnard Center for Research on Women, was not vetted prior to the assembly.

Denver’s police chief said he was "disappointed" by the instructional material and that law enforcement are not trained to profile people based on sexual identity or race.

"That training doesn’t exist," said Police Chief Paul Pazen. "That training doesn’t exist in this department. It doesn’t exist in any police training that I’m aware of in this state or this country."

Public schools have increasingly incorporated leftwing ideas about race and gender into their curricula. A New York City public school in July encouraged students as young as 10 years old to keep a list of all the "microaggressions" they saw at school and at home, the Washington Free Beacon reported.