Denver Cops Split On Police Chief’s Reappointment

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More than two dozen Denver police officers criticized their union yesterday for trying to get Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman removed from office, an effort that raised the possibility of a ticket-writing slowdown.

The Rocky Mountain News says that the officers complain that the union’s leadership should not have written to new Mayor John Hickenlooper’s transition committee linking Whitman to controversies and implying that while he was chief, officers would write fewer tickets, thereby denying the cash-strapped city of revenue.

Union leaders say their letter has been misconstrued and that they do not condone “any work slowdown, stoppage or similar job action.”

The letter, written two days after Hickenlooper took office, listed 12 “concerns.” Included were controversies over television footage of officers loafing at the airport and working off-duty jobs when they were supposed to be on city time.

Hickenlooper is considering whether to reappoint Whitman or name a new police chief. Three other Denver police officials are among candidates.


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