Denver Board of Ethics Letter: Veith v. White
Post on 12-Apr-2015
DESCRIPTIONThe Denver Board of Ethics skirts answering the question of whether or not it is unethical or violation of the Denver Code of Ethics for Denver Police Department officers to be used as backdrops for a Presidential political function.
Denver Police Department officers were also forbidden from participating in a pro-2nd Amendment rally.
Denver Board Of Ethics Webb Municipal Building 201 West Colfax, 2nd Floor - (2.H-13) Department 703 (for U.S. Mail) Denver, CO 80202-5330 p: 720.865.8412 f: 720.865.8419 Email: email@example.com www.denvergov.org/ethics April 24, 2013 Officer Daniel Veith Denver Police Department 1331 Cherokee Street Denver, CO 80204 RE: Case 13-12 – your inquiry concerning Robert White Dear Officer Veith: On April 18, 2013, the Denver Board of Ethics considered the inquiry concerning actions by Denver Police Chief Robert White and the Denver Police Department that you filed on April 12, 2013. You posed the following specific inquiries to the Board: 1. Can the Denver Police Department use its facilities, equipment, employees, and uniformed officers to publicly support and promote the executive and legislative agenda of one political party over the other? 2. Can the Denver Police Department encourage uniformed police officers to lend support to one side of a political position while simultaneously denying uniformed police officers from participating in a lawful event that lends support to the opposing side of the same political position? The narrative included with your inquiry goes on to describe a visit to Denver by President Barack Obama on April 3, 2013, the involvement of Chief White and others in the Denver Police Department in that visit, and the your views on the issue of gun control in general. However, you did not cite any specific provisions of the Denver Code of Ethics which you believe would be implicated by the inquiries you have posed to the Board of Ethics, or which you believe were violated by Chief White or any other city official . The Board did, however, carefully consider your inquiries and reviewed the entire narrative that accompanied your inquiries to determine whether any provision of the Code of Ethics might apply to the facts and circumstances which you presented. The Board dismissed your inquiry pursuant to Sections 2-56(6)(a) and (b) of the Code of Ethics, because: The Board has no jurisdiction over the issues set forth in your inquiry, as “political activity,” while it may be mentioned in other laws and policies of the city, is not mentioned in the Denver Code of Ethics; The alleged violation, if true, would not constitute a violation of the Code of Ethics; Staff Director L. Michael Henry Board Members Leslie M. Lawson – Chair Roy V. Wood – Vice Chair Lori Mack Ann A. Terry Edgar L. Neel Participation at the event for all police personnel was voluntary and not required, except for those whose presence was required for the purpose of protecting the safety of the President of the United States. The Board thanks you for submitting this inquiry. For the Board of Ethics: Edgar L. Neel Acting Chair Copy: Chief of Police Robert White Assistant City Attorney Karla Pierce -2-
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