Colfax residents clamor for better police protection after man killed outside 7-Eleven

Posted at 3:23 PM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-18 19:39:00-04

DENVER — Residents spoke passionately during a Colfax Avenue safety meeting to Denver Police Department officials and the Denver City Council on the ongoing security concerns after the recent shooting death of a man outside a community store. 

The latest shooting outside a 7-Eleven near Pearl and Colfax was the last straw for many residents who called the meeting Tuesday meeting to vent.

“We are very frustrated with the city and the lack of police,” said Colfax-area resident Teresa Caballero.

Caballero said more vetting needs to be done of people moving into affordable homes in the area, while also calling for heightened police presence.

“We are attracting many with mental issues, with addiction. They are very aggressive and its becoming quite problematic,” said Caballero.

Some residents also claimed their reports to police aren't taken seriously

“When I reported ... to the narcotics division, (I) never got anything back,” said one resident.

Denver Police Chief Robert White, along with Councilman Wayne New, were among those in attendance who vowed to make changes.

See coverage from the 7-Eleven shooting, and the search for the shooters, here.