Den­ver Po­lice chief has lost cred­i­bil­ity with street of­fi­cers

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Den­ver’s po­lice union should back down,” June 30 ed­i­to­rial.

The Den­ver Post Ed­i­to­rial Board needs to take its head out of the sand. Den­ver Po­lice Chief Robert White and com­pany have lost cred­i­bil­ity with the street of­fi­cers. The fact that no­body has ever been charged with vi­o­lat­ing the Colorado Open Records Act is no rea­son not to charge now. It is pos­si­ble that ev­i­dence was lack­ing in other ac­cu­sa­tions. Clearly, the ev­i­dence was strong in this case. Be­sides, vi­o­lat­ing the act is not what the Den­ver Po­lice Pro­tec­tive As­so­ci­a­tion is try­ing to ex­pose, but rather the dis­hon­esty and in­com­pe­tence of White and his two top ad­min­is­tra­tors. Un­for­tu­nately, the pub­lic can­not de­pend on the man­ager of safety or mayor to be un­bi­ased in the process, so the PPA has been forced to try an end-around. White would be more suc­cess­ful at op­er­at­ing a shell game at 16th and Stout Street than run­ning a po­lice de­part­ment; he cer­tainly has hood­winked the press.

Larry Va­len­cia, Lit­tle­ton The writer is a re­tired Den­ver Po­lice sergeant.

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