Aurora po­lice have zero tol­er­ance for mis­con­duct

Chief voices con­fi­dence de­spite two of­fi­cers’ le­gal woes

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kieran Ni­chol­son

The Aurora po­lice chief is­sued a pub­lic state­ment Fri­day in re­sponse to the re­cent le­gal trou­bles of two of his of­fi­cers.

Le­land An­thony Sil­ver, an Aurora de­tec­tive, was charged Thurs­day with first-de­gree of­fi­cial mis­con­duct, ac­cord­ing to court records filed in Ara­pa­hoe County Dis­trict Court.

Spe­cific in­for­ma­tion about Sil­ver al­leged vi­o­la­tion was un­avail­able Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint, he al­legedly com­mit­ted “an act re­lat­ing to his of­fice” in an “unau­tho­rized” way in vi­o­la­tion of law and/or rules reg­u­lat­ing his of­fice be­tween May 8 and May 13 of 2015.

Ear­lier this week, Aurora po­lice of­fi­cer Matthew A. Ew­ert was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mul­ti­ple felonies, in­clud­ing at­tempts to in­flu­ence a pub­lic ser­vant and tam­per­ing with phys­i­cal ev­i­dence.

Ew­ert’s case was filed in Boul­der County and in­volves a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a ju­ve­nile, Ew­ert’s nephew, who al­legedly threat­ened an­other ju­ve­nile with a Glock hand­gun loaded with hol­low point bul­lets.

“In the past few days two em­ploy­ees of the Aurora Po­lice Depart­ment have been placed in the spot­light be­cause of al­le­ga­tions of se­ri­ous mis­con­duct,” said Chief Nick Metz. “These in­ci­dents are un­re­lated and en­tirely co­in­ci­den­tal.”

Metz said his depart­ment is made up of nearly 1,000 men and women who work tire­lessly in an eth­i­cal and pro­fes­sional man­ner to keep the city and its res­i­dents safe.

“The Aurora Po­lice Depart­ment will not tol­er­ate mis­con­duct and there are mech­a­nisms in place which aim to reaf­firm a cul­ture of ac­count­abil­ity,” Metz said.

“And in those rare sit­u­a­tions where our of­fi­cers ac­tu­ally cross that eth­i­cal line, they are held ac­count­able for their ac­tions.”

Metz said he’s proud of his depart­ment and of the work it does.

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