DEPUTY, PO­LICE SERGEANT FIRED

One ter­mi­na­tion was tied to racial slurs and the other was for drink­ing in uni­form.

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Danika Wor­thing­ton

Deputy sher­iff charged with us­ing racial slurs and ha­rass­ing in­mates, and a sergeant is ac­cused of drink­ing while in uni­form at a Capi­tol Hill bar.

Den­ver’s De­part­ment of Safety has fired a deputy sher­iff for us­ing racial slurs and ha­rass­ing in­mates and a po­lice sergeant for drink­ing while in uni­form and aban­don­ing a post to have sex with a woman.

Deputy Sher­iff Jeremy Si­mons was fired Nov. 21 for telling Sherod Kin­dell, who had been shot by Den­ver po­lice, “You’d bet­ter be glad that Den­ver po­lice shot you in­stead of me or the Den­ver Sher­iffs, or we would have killed you.”

Si­mons, who was hired in 2014, was ac­cused of dis­crim­i­na­tion, ha­rass­ment or re­tal­i­a­tion against pris­on­ers and ha­rass­ment of pris­on­ers, ac­cord­ing to a dis­ci­plinary let­ter ob­tained by The Den­ver Post through an open-records re­quest.

Kin­dell, who was iden­ti­fied only as “SK” in the dis­ci­plinary let­ter, was pulled over Jan. 9 af­ter run­ning a stop sign in a Jeep that au­thor­i­ties said was stolen. He re­fused to get out of the ve­hi­cle and re­versed the car, hit­ting two of­fi­cers and strik­ing their po­lice cruiser. One of the of­fi­cers, Jef­frey DiManna, fired five gun­shots at Kin­dell.

DiManna was not charged in the shoot­ing. In March, Kin­dell pleaded guilty to one felony count of pos­ses­sion of a weapon by a pre­vi­ous offender, one mis­de­meanor as­sault charge and one count of dis­tribut­ing mar­i­juana.

Si­mons had ha­rassed Kin­dell and other in­mates, call­ing them “mon­keys” and, if they filed griev­ances against him, “snitches,” the re­port said. In­mates said Si­mons “likes to put ten­sion in the pod.”

Si­mons did not have any pre­vi­ous dis­ci­plinary ac­tions and had re­ceived a Livesav­ing Award.

Den­ver Po­lice Sgt. Timothy Del­sordo was fired af­ter mul­ti­ple wit­nesses said he drank dur­ing off­duty shifts at the Capi­tol Hill bar Char­lie’s and stashed his gun belt in un­se­cured places, once so he could aban­don his post for two hours to have sex with a woman he met at the bar, a dis­ci­plinary let­ter said.

De­spite the wit­ness ac­counts, Del­sordo de­nied drink­ing on the job or in uni­form. But the In­ter­nal Af­fairs Bureau dis­agreed, ac­cus­ing him of vi­o­lat­ing a duty to obey de­part­men­tal rules and may­oral ex­ec­u­tive or­ders, drink­ing on duty, care­less han­dling of firearms, com­mis­sion of a de­cep­tive act, dis­obe­di­ence of an or­der and con­duct prej­u­di­cial, the let­ter said. He was fired Nov. 16. “Sergeant Del­sordo is not a rookie cop,” his dis­ci­plinary let­ter said. “He is a com­mand of­fi­cer who is re­quired to lead by ex­am­ple.”

Den­ver po­lice of­fi­cers are al­lowed to work off-duty se­cu­rity jobs in po­lice uni­forms but are re­quired to obey de­part­ment rules.

The re­port de­tailed ac­counts of bar­tenders serv­ing Del­sordo vodka in his en­ergy drinks and giv­ing him an open tab, which he used to hand peo­ple free drinks while in uni­form af­ter his shift. It also said the sergeant mis­han­dled his gun on at least three oc­ca­sions, once when he gave what he called a safety demon­stra­tion around 15 peo­ple who were prob­a­bly drink­ing.

Del­sordo started work­ing for the de­part­ment in 2003. He had no sig­nif­i­cant dis­ci­plinary in­ci­dents in the past. He had re­ceived sev­eral com­men­da­tions, in­clud­ing two Dis­trict 5 Top Cop Awards. In one of those cases, he and the man­ager of Char­lie’s cov­ered a twonight ho­tel stay for a home­less fam­ily with two kids.

Del­sordo’s daugh­ter, Ash- ley, has started a pe­ti­tion to re­in­state her fa­ther on Change.org. As of 5 p.m. Fri­day, 160 peo­ple had signed.

“My fa­ther is the best man I know, and I’m not just say­ing that be­cause I’m his daugh­ter,” Ash­ley Del­sordo wrote, say­ing he would never drink on the job. “He has al­ways been so selfless within his po­si­tion and was a great leader.”

Del­sordo dis­obeyed an or­der to stay away from Char­lie’s, which in­cluded ban­ning him from com­mu­ni­cat­ing with its staff, and he acted de­cep­tively dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The de­part­ment said he vi­o­lated ad­di­tional rules by work­ing another job while on in­jury sta­tus, ex­ceed­ing the max­i­mum amount of work hours and work­ing an off-duty job shift with­out prior ap­proval.

“His ac­tions placed oth­ers, in­clud­ing him­self, at risk. He dis­obeyed a di­rect or­der. He engaged in de­cep­tive con­duct,” the let­ter said. “His be­hav­ior was dis­grace­ful.”

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