Denver Uber shooting, other incidents raise questions about company’s safety policies

Denver Uber shooting, other incidents raise questions about company's safety policies

A Denver Uber driver who is accused of shooting and killing one of his passengers early Friday morning has had his access to the app revoked, the company says, but he never should have had a gun in the vehicle in the first place, per company policy. Uber confirmed Thursday afternoon that Michael A. Hancock, 29, who faces investigation on a first-degree murder charge for the shooting, had access to the app for nearly three years before Friday’s shooting and that the shooting appears to have occurred during an on-app trip. But Uber has a firearms prohibition policy , which states that “Uber prohibits riders and drivers from carrying firearms of any kind in a vehicle while using our app (to the extant applicable by law).” “Anyone who violates this policy may lose access to Uber,” the company’s policy, which is part of its community guidelines , states. “We are deeply troubled by the events in Denver today,” an Uber spokesperson told Denver7 Friday. Hancock has a history of traffic infractions in Colorado in recent years, and he was charged with driving under restraint and a speeding infraction on April 21 in Douglas County, according to state court records. Friday’s shooting is the latest of several incidents in Colorado involving the ridesharing company in recent years. In 2015, Colorado regulators re-examined the background check process that Uber and other ridesharing companies use after one Uber driver was accused of trying to burglarize a Denver passenger’s home and another Uber […]

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