Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper apologized last night to the family of an unarmed man shot in his bed last week by a police officer. “There aren’t words that can adequately express the sadness I feel,” Hickenlooper told the family of Frank Lobato after Denver’s latest controversial police shooting, says the Denver Post. He said the city will cover Lobato’s funeral expenses. “Publicly, I want to, on behalf of the city, apologize on the most profound level,” Hickenlooper said. Family members accepted the apology, but a family spokesman said they want more answers. “The Lobato family is hurt, and they’re angry. The Lobato family is sad, and they’re confused,” said community activist LeRoy Lemos, speaking for the family.
The mayor spoke at a forum attended by an overflow crowd of several hundred people. Lobato, 63, was shot in his bed July 11 after officers climbed a ladder into a home while looking for a domestic-violence suspect. He was not involved in that assault case. Lobato was shot after an officer apparently mistook a soda can in his hand for a weapon. The domestic-violence suspect, Lobato’s nephew, later turned himself in. Community activists charged that police dragged the man’s naked, bleeding body down a flight of stairs before starting resuscitation efforts outside the home.