If a report today at Time magazine's blog is right, the Denver Police Department has made it official city policy to treat as suspicious of all sorts of ordinary items, like bricks delivered to construction projects, bicycles and maps, in the run up to the Democratic National Convention.
It is time for Mayor Hickenlooper to get on the phone with the Manager of Public Safety and explain to him how stupid he is making our city's finest look. This kind of security theater does not enhance public confidence in the security measures being taken. Instead, it suggests that police are utterly incapable of distinguishing between harmless people going about their daily business, and people who are about to commit violent violations of the law. This kind of stupidity emboldens and provokes anyone who would want to carry out the kinds of violent protests the city is allegedly trying to forestall.