LETTER: In response to Aurora Police Chief Metz’ comments


DEAR EDITOR: “The decision to not intervene at the time was based on protecting the safety of the large majority who were acting peacefully, and the safety of the officers,” the statement reads. “Our folks were more than ready to decisively engage had we witnessed assaultive behavior or damage to the building or surrounding property that could jeopardize its security or public safety,” Nick Metz, Chief of Police, Aurora.

They tore down three flags on private property, including the American flag.

Mr Metz, I call that, to use your words assaultive behavior, and damage to private property.

And now he is calling for the video tapes so his staff can find and arrest the perpetrators. How ridiculous; he had officers on the scene as this disgraceful and illegal act was committed, and now he wants to investigate.

They had ample opportunity to intervene and stop the incident, and certainly after standing around and observing said incident they could have moved in and arrested most if not all of the 25 or so anarchists. His excuse, as expected from a former Seattle Assistant Police Chief, is “lame” and condescending given the facts of his inaction to serve and protect. In so many ways his inaction is just wrong, it reeks of a political correctness decision, not a law enforcement one.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a big supporter of law enforcement and the “Thin Blue Line”. This is all on you Chief Metz, not the rank and file who were probably, but can’t speak out if they want to keep their jobs, as disgusted with the PC management decisions from your office as many of us.

For the record there were several Aurora City Council Members there as part of the protest. Allison Hiltz, Nicole Johnston and Crystal Murillo, also candidates for City Council and Mayor, Bryan Lindstrom, and Omar Montgomery, respectively, were all there.

This is defacto condoning. Perhaps we should keep this in mind on Nov. 5.

— Myron Spanier, Aurora, via [email protected]