Denver police union calls for chief to resign – 9NEWS.com
The head of Denver’s police union wants Chief Robert White gone. 9NEWS at 10 p.m. 02/15/15.
Whitney Wild, 11:06 p.m. MST February 15, 2015Chief Robert White(Photo: KUSA)KUSA -The head of Denver’s police union wants Chief Robert White gone.He says officers were told not to take immediate action when protesters defaced a memorial for fallen officers.”We will no longer follow him as we move forward,” said Nick Rogers, president of the Denver Police Protective Association. “He is not our chief.”Saturday, demonstrators aiming to protest what they perceive as police brutality threw red paint on the memorial, which sits outside of Denver Police headquarters. Rogers says DPD brass told officers not to take immediate action.Sunday, Rogers called for Chief Robert White’s resignation.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide”He knew the orders that were given,” Rogers said. “The head of the organization made the mistake.”Rogers added it was an emotionally-draining moment for officers on the ground.”Grown men and women cried because they had to stand there and watch it,” Rogers said.The stop-and-wait strategy has become the standard DPD response to protests over the past several months.White believes it helps defuse potentially violent situations by identifying suspects and arresting them later.But, Rogers says watching a crime unfold without action diverges from the mission.”It goes against everything that every Denver Police officer, every cop in the world, has taken an oath to do,” he said.In emails to the press, Denver officials defended the chief. Mayor Michael Hancock wrote “I stand in full support of Chief White and the command staff’s handling of Saturday’s protest.”Executive Director of Safety Stephanie O’Malley echoed similar ideas, writing “This is far safer for the officers, the suspects, and the community.”Chief White told rank and file that he found the vandalism “abhorrent” but said “I believe the decision we made was appropriate.”Rogers says the actions send a different message.”The message I got was you, as a police officer, are not as important as our image,” Rogers says.(KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)Read or Share this … – Click Here To Visit Article Source