Deputy who used slur sus­pended

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Kirk Mitchell

A Den­ver Sher­iff Depart­ment deputy was sus­pended for 30 days af­ter us­ing a slur in a ques­tion di­rected at an in­mate.

Deputy Ryan Bosveld al­ready served 20 days of the sus­pen­sion with­out pay in Oc­to­ber. Bosveld will be docked 10 per­cent of his wages for 10 pay pe­ri­ods for the re­main­der of the penalty.

Bosveld vi­o­lated a de­part­men­tal pol­icy by ha­rass­ing a pris­oner, and when asked to re­count the in­ci­dent on pa­per, he gave a mis­lead­ing state­ment that left out his call­ing an in­mate a slur, ac­cord­ing to a copy of Bosveld’s dis­ci­plinary let­ter ob­tained by The Den­ver Post.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened Nov. 10, 2017. The in­mate — iden­ti­fied only by the ini­tials W.W. — said Bosveld asked him, “What are you (slur)?” W.W. ex­plained that he has autism and that he is “slow.” The in­mate filed a griev­ance, say­ing he was of­fended by the name call­ing.

Bosveld’s re­port of the in­ci­dent said that he re­peat­edly had to tell W.W. at 8 p.m. that he was not al­lowed to use the phone be­cause his jail pod was locked down for the night, the let­ter said.

When an in­ves­ti­ga­tor later ques­tioned Bosveld about the in­ci­dent, he read­ily ad­mit­ted call­ing the in­mate a slur and that he knew he had made a mis­take.

Bosveld said his sergeant told him to leave out that part, ac­cord­ing to the dis­ci­plinary let­ter.

But the sergeant who Bosveld had ac­cused of a coverup de­nied the al­le­ga­tion, say­ing he or­dered Bosveld to write down the in­ci­dent as it hap­pened and warned, “Your mouth is go­ing to get you fired.”

An­other sergeant, who wit­nessed the dis­cus­sion about the in­ci­dent, cor­rob­o­rated the sergeant’s ver­sion. The in­ci­dent wasn’t the first time Bosveld had got­ten into trou­ble for ver­bal ex­changes with in­mates.

In 2016, Bosveld had been sus­pended for 10 days af­ter telling an in­mate who was shout­ing ob­scen­i­ties at him that he would rather have sex­ual in­ter­course with that in­mate’s mother.

A sui­ci­dal in­mate also had claimed that Bosveld told him to “just die.” That sus­pen­sion later was over­turned dur­ing an ap­peals hear­ing.

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