DENVER (CBS4) – The president of the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police is asking that one of Denver’s top public safety officials step down after it was revealed the man’s daughter said her father is a “hater of police.”
The statements were made in an online social media posting by Elena Vigil, the daughter of Denver’s Deputy Manager of Safety Jess Vigil. A CBS4 investigation last month revealed Elena Vigils comments. Elena Vigil wrote that her father, who is supposed to be an unbiased decision maker in police disciplinary cases “hates his job because he has to follow the rules and they’re always skewed towards cops. He’s the deputy director of safety for Denver and investigates DPD and recommends disciplinary,” wrote Elena Vigil.READ MORE: Second Body Found In Poudre Canyon After Devastating Flood & Mudslide
“As a former Chicano rights activist and hater of police he obviously hates his job because he has to follow the rules and they’re always skewed towards cops.”
Stephen Schulz, President of Colorado’s Fraternal Order of Police, released a statement Thursday calling for Jess Vigil to be fired.
“If a law enforcement officer in Denver had made similar remarks about any specific group of people the public would expect the officer to be terminated. Yet Mr. Vigil seems to be immune from being held accountable,” said Schulz.
The Fraternal Order of Police represents 5,000 law enforcement officers in Colorado, including Denver Sheriff’s deputies.READ MORE: Colorado Boy Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries After Falling From 2nd Floor Of Town Center Of Aurora
Schulz went on to say, “Jess Vigil’s clear bias against officers makes him unsuitable to be in a position making disciplinary decisions for officers.”
Schulz’s comments come the day before a two-day conference begins in Denver for FOP leaders from around the country and the western United States.
Following the CBS4 investigation revealing his daughter’s statements, Vigil released his own statement saying, “I understand the concern my daughter’s comments have raised and I have admonished her for making erroneous statements for public consumption. I want to be clear that the comments do not reflect my views and I trust that my 20 years of experience and record as a former district and county court judge, coupled with my three years as deputy director of safety, speaks for itself.”
Director of Safety for Denver Stephanie O’Malley released a statement saying, “I am fully satisfied that her statements in no way reflect his sentiments.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Safety said Vigil would not answer questions from CBS4 regarding his daughter’s statements.MORE NEWS: New Wildfire Shuts Down Part Of I-70 Between Eagle & Gypsum