University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
P.O. Box 173364 - Campus Box 142
Denver, CO 80217 - 3364
Bio: Richard Rosenthal is the Independent Monitor (IM) for the City and County of Denver, Colorado. The IM monitors the Denver Police and Sheriff Department’s Internal Affairs Bureaus and monitors officer-involved shooting and in-custody death investigations. The Monitor makes recommendations regarding the imposition of discipline and conducts audits of police policy issues.
From 2001-2004, Mr. Rosenthal worked as the first Police Auditor for the City of Portland, Oregon. As the Director of the Independent Police Review Division (IPR) of the City Auditor’s Office, Mr. Rosenthal acted as an independent police auditor-monitor-ombudsman, reporting directly to the elected City Auditor.
From 1986-2001, Mr. Rosenthal was a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles. Mr. Rosenthal specialized in the investigation and prosecution of financial crimes and public corruption. Mr. Rosenthal is credited with uncovering the LAPD Rampart scandal and acted as the liaison between the Los Angeles Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division and the District Attorney’s Rampart Task Force during the investigation into the LAPD Rampart Scandal.
Mr. Rosenthal has been an Adjunct Professor, lecturer and facilitator for numerous organizations including: the University of Colorado at Denver’s Graduate School of Public Affairs, Portland State University, Loyola Law School, the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the California District Attorney’s Association (CDAA). Mr. Rosenthal has been on the Board of Directors for NACOLE since 2005 and presently serves as the Treasurer of that organization.
Mr. Rosenthal received a Bachelor of Arts with Majors in Economics and History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983 and Juris Doctor from the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law) in 1986.