Denver leaders and legal experts on Tuesday said police took an overly aggressive stance even before an officer fatally shot a man who had nothing to do with the domestic violence call that drew them to the home. Denver police Sunday night crawled through an upstairs window of a home after the victim had already escaped and spoken with police, reports the city’s Post.
The facts of the case are so troubling they raise new concerns about police training and protocol, said Elbra Wedgeworth, Denver City Council president. Officer Ranjan Ford Jr. fatally shot Frank Lobato, 63, in his bed Sunday evening after the officer thought he saw the sickly man raise a gun in his hand. Instead, Lobato, who had nothing to do with the earlier domestic violence case, had only a soda can in his hand. Dozens of critics who protested in two rallies Tuesday had harsh criticism for police and demanded that the mayor fire Police Chief Gerry Whitman and Ford.