Pranks Or Pushback? DPD Station Hit With Mischief

Written by Brian Maass

DENVER (CBS4) – A series of mischievious events at a Denver Police substation — including mace planted in a command officer’s car — are nothing more than practical jokes, according to a department spokesperson.

Other officers, however, say the pranks are a show of anger and dissatisfaction with police commanders.

“Cops are notoriously humorous people,” said DPD spokesperson Lt. Matt Murray. “Not that we condone these things.”

CBS4 has learned that in recent weeks, a female mannequin was found attached to a ceiling in District 6, 1566 Washington Street.

Additionally, someone planted mace in the air vents of a lieutenant’s department vehicle, apparently aimed at macing the police commander when he started up his car.

Contacted by CBS4, District 6 Commander Tony Lopez said “I have no comment. Thanks for calling and have a good day.”

He then hung up.

One officer familiar with the District 6 events told CBS4 they were pushback against Lopez and other commanders, who rank-and-file officers perceived as being heavy handed and demanding more activity and accountability from District 6 cops.

Department spokesperson Murray disputes that.

“There is no indication these practical jokes are targeting an individual or group of individuals for a purpose,” said Murray.

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