Mayor Affirms Manager of Safety's Decision
Mayor John Hickenlooper, who met with both the Police Protective Association leadership and the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance on Thursday to inform them of the Turney decision before the public announcement was made, released the following statement today:
“As I said last week, I fully support Manager of Safety Al LaCabe’s decision to suspend Officer Turney for 10 months. The residents of Denver understand that Officer Turney’s discipline does not reflect on the rest of the police force. I look forward to meeting with our police officers to discuss the Turney case and any other issues they wish to raise.”
Like the rest of the city, the Mayor’s Office learned of today’s police officers’ demonstration late Friday afternoon – and explained to the PPA leadership that the Mayor had a previously scheduled commitment outside of the office on Monday morning.
The previously scheduled commitment was a Monday morning event with federal transportation officials, members of the Colorado congressional delegation and other metro-area mayors regarding RTD’s West Corridor Plan.
Chief of Staff Michael Bennet and City Attorney Cole Finegan accepted the letter delivered by PPA representatives, and, on behalf of Mayor Hickenlooper, requested a meeting for the Mayor with the PPA membership at their convenience.
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