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DPD Police Monitor Says Cops Won’t Arrest Colleagues for DUI

Written by Brian Maass

DENVER (CBS4)- Denver’s police monitor has released an analysis concluding that Denver police officers have been routinely looking the other way for years, not arresting fellow officers when they catch each other driving drunk.

“It appears reasonable to conclude that off- duty DPD officers may have, in the past, received preferential treatment by not being arrested for DUI violations when there is no related traffic collission,” wrote Richard Rosenthal, the independent monitor for Denver who provides oversight of the police, fire and sheriff’s departments in Denver.

In a four page analysis that is part of his quarterly report, Rosenthal noted that in the six years he has been in his position, no DPD officer has been arrested for DUI by another DPD officer unless they were involved in a traffic collision. He said Denver officers have been arrested five times for DUI, but only after there had been a crash. During the same period of time, Rosenthal notes that officers in other jurisdictions arrested Denver cops on eight separate occasions for DUI, and twice for DUIs in connection with a crash.

Rosenthal’s report goes on to say that the conduct demonstrated by DPD officers arrested for DUI by other departments supports his conclusion.

He said in eight of the ten cases outside of Denver, “The off -duty DPD officer engaged in overt actions that could reasonably be interpreted as attempts to obtain preferential treatment.”

He said those actions usually included DPD officers flashing badges or ID cards in an attempt to obtain preferential treatment.

Rosenthal’s report notes that 75 percent of Denver officers live outside the City, but he says that does not explain zero DUI arrests in at least six years.

“It’s utterly ridiculous what he wrote in his report,” said Nick Rogers, President of the Denver Police Protective Association, which represents most Denver officers. “There is no factual basis, it’s a slanderous statement,” said Rogers.

The PPA President said he ‘takes great exception’ to Rosenthal’s conclusions.

Rosenthal has scheduled a 1 p.m. press briefing for Thursday to further discuss his findings.

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  • turner

    Denver cops take care of their own just like any other jurisdiction. Is this a surprise to anyone?

  • Jay

    Is there any way we mere mortal citizens can take any direct action against the police union? I’m getting kind of tired that the PPA is allowing police officers as a whole to look REALLY bad by constantly protecting the worst among them and refusing to accept any responsibility for negative actions of their members.

  • DAn CHA

    Alert CNN, FOX News, AP,,,,,,,,,, DPD like other jurisdictions in this country watch each others backs. Brian Maass you cracked the great copper caper of the century! Give that boy a raise. Who says there are no crack reporters in Denver?

  • Badger

    So what else is new? The Denver Police have been above the law so long they consider it to be a right. Perhaps outlawing public servant unions is a good idea. Lets start with the DPD and see how it works out.

  • Shawn

    and of course the unioin is defending these common common criminals. We all know this anyway. We just can’t do anything about it.

  • Me

    It’s so much fun to dig up dirt on the cops. Where are the stories about the everyday duties they perform that save people from the constant invisible layer of crime floating around our streets?
    They are portrayed as lazy doughnut-eating wasters of time who beat up innocent people at night.
    The public has a negative opinion about the Police, and the media fuels the fire with sensationalized half-reports.

    • Sissy

      you a cop huh?

    • John

      If there wasn’t so much dirt tio dig it would not be a problem would it?
      Many cops like all other people do their job well.
      There is and has been a ridiculous amount of stupid police actions lately.
      These are not new and have been going on forever really.
      The new media tools while sometimes senstaionalizing things simply out more information out that what the public had previously.
      The police have developed an “Us against the world mentality”
      In thier mind they are the only good people and everybody else is a disgusting little maggot.
      I love this story because in their eyes it was a simple mistake that everybidy makes and no accident means no harm really.
      The reality is if you or I do it we must be made an example of and we need to be taken off the road before someone is killed.
      As for them solving or preventing crime, get serious they do a terrible job of that.
      My boss got assaulted downtown one morning at 7:30 AM.
      The police were called and lo and behold Dirty Harry showed up at 4:45 PM
      Now that’s just great isn’t it?
      Don’t forget the scenes from Columbine high school when all our beloved were hiding behind the damn bus while the teacher bled to death for two hours.

  • jeff b

    I’m sure it’s a common practice in other cities as well. In fact, I know it is. I personally know officers that have been pulled over and simply followed home.

  • K

    “He said those actions usually included DPD officers flashing badges or ID cards in an attempt to obtain preferential treatment.”

    This statement is such BS, because it is the officers duty to show his/her ID or badge when pulled over, because of the concealed carry permit. This monitor and his conclusions should be run out of Denver by the new Mayor. He needs to go along with the Chief of Police. Clean the whole lot of em out.

  • scott

    I applaud rosenthal for taking a stand. Unions are keeping the bad cops on the streets. Remember just one year ago two denver cops beat a man for taking pictures of their illegal arrest. Two years ago denver cops jumped on a kid sending him to the hospital then lied on the police report. None of these cops were fired. How can we trust police?

  • Bridgette

    How can you expect your citizens to follow the law when the police themselves can’t even folllow the law.

  • Ernest Valdez

    Really your finding this out now it’s been going on for Yrs and Yrs.

  • Niduna

    I am pretty sure this is common practice for every single police or sheriffs department in this entire country. Why don’t you check the records for Aurora, Fort Collins, Westminster, Parker etc, too. That way at least you offer an unbiased story instead of the one-sided one all you news agencies put out. I don’t agree with the preferential treatment given for these kinds of activities, but if I read a story like this I would like to see the comparison with other large departments too. We all already know that officers back each other up in these instances, but it isn’t limited to just Denver or Colorado for that matter.

  • sissy

    isn’t covering up a crime-a crime?

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