by Pam Zubeck
From what I understand, these cases are possibly in litigation and I am unable to discuss them specifically. I did a ride along on 7 July with an officer from Falcon District. We responded to a couple of calls. Although they were relatively minor incidents, there was a fair amount of stress for the citizens involved. I was impressed by the professionalism and courtesy displayed by our police officers in these calls. I understand my presence had some influence, but overall I trust our police officers. They are very often in harm's way dealing with very volatile situations and persons, and have to make quick decisions under pressure to protect citizens, themselves, and property.We haven't heard from any other Council members on this topic except for those cited in this blog.
However, we must continue to be vigilant ensuring the rights of all citizens are protected. The use of body cams including the necessary support personnel and equipment, and appropriate procedures, is a possible safeguard not only for citizens but officers also.
This article focuses on different cases where the city has received notice of claim. Since we are involved in litigation I am not permitted to discuss the cases. I have a lot of trust in our Police Department. In light of the circumstances nationally I am glad I live in a community where there is such a large amount of trust in our officers. This does not mean that we can sit idly but must always look at ways to be on the cutting edge of technology and best practices. I support the police department’s quest for body worn cameras. They are a tool which will help hold both officers and citizens accountable.City Council is the body that decides whether the city will provide legal representation to cops who are accused of acting badly. Council also is responsible for approving settlements in such cases.