Denver Coffeeshop Vandalized, Closed After Sign Goes Viral Online

Local coffeeshop chain Ink! Coffee put out a sandwich board sign that said “Happily gentrifying the neighborhood since 2014.” in a Denver neighborhood that’s gentrifying. A local writer and event organizer, Ru Johnson, tweeted a picture of it and people got really really mad.

Someone spray painted “white coffee” on the wall at ink! Coffee in Five Points and broke a window there in what appears to have been retaliation for a sign the business placed out front this week…

… The sign went viral on social media, motivating so many one-star reviews and angry posts on ink’s Facebook page Wednesday night that the coffee-shop chain shut down the review function.

The Aspen-born company apologized for the sign Wednesday, first with a short message on Twitter and Facebook and later with a longer statement from founder and CEO Keith Herbert. But many people made it clear they did not feel the responses, some of which cast the sign as a joke, were enough.

The news quickly traveled around the United States — even the New York Times reported on it. I later heard on Colorado Public Radio that the coffeeshop was closed for several days afterward as people protested outside it.

Read more about it at the Denver Post.

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Coloradan Police Officer Suspended After Video of Him Throwing Woman on Ground Goes Viral

A Fort Collins police officer who threw a woman, a college student, face first to the ground has been placed on administrative leave…

…The April 6 incident was captured on cell phone video, which went viral on Saturday, garnering more than 484,230 views and 2,580 comments in a four-hour span.

Apparently, there is police body-camera footage from the two officers at the scene, and the Fort Collins Police Department is investigating.

Read more about it at the Denver Post.

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Secret Service Agent May Face Disciplinary Action for Facebook Comments

Kelly O’Grady said “I am with [Hillary Clinton],” and that she would not “take a bullet” for a President Donald Trump in October 2016.

O’Grady’s comments were made in October, during the height of the presidential campaign and shortly after an audio tape of Trump making lewd comments about women was released. But they only came to light this week (in January 2017).

The matter was referred initially to the Office of the Inspector General but it referred the case back to the U.S. Secret Service for possible disciplinary action.

Read more about it at the Denver Post.

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