Denver Police Intelligence Files
Denver, Colorado. In 1953 the Denver Police Department began to gather information on individuals and groups regarding activities that might pose a threat to public safety. The files came to be known as the Spy Files during the publicity surrounding an American Civil Liberties Union class action lawsuit in 2002. According to the lawsuit, as many as 3,200 individuals and 208 organizations had been targeted for intelligence gathering operations. These groups and individuals included not only criminal elements but also peace activists and education and human rights organizations. The lawsuit was settled in 2003 with the city revising its policies governing the gathering of this type of information. The open collection of the Denver Police Department Intelligence Files consists of copies of newspaper clippings, pamphlets, flyers, articles and photographs. This material was copied from the unrestricted portion of the collection. It is available through the Denver Public Library's Western History/Genealogy Department. Customers must first fill out the manuscript request form. Restricted files will be made available only to persons or organizations named in the files.