Skip to comments.(Denver) Police Chief White addresses criticism of department's handling of LoDo attacks
Posted on 01/09/2014 9:44:25 AM PST by real saxophonist
DENVER - After a string of brutal attacks on New Year's in Lower Downtown, Denver Police Chief Robert White maintains the city's most popular entertainment district is safe.
"Do you think downtown, the LoDo area, is a safe place to be at night?" asked 7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart.
"I do think it's safe. Is it free of crime? No, it's not free of crime, just the given the magnitude of the number of individuals down there," White said.
Despite the chief's reassurances, the police department is facing criticism that it didn't alert the public about the New Year's Day attacks until Monday -- a full five days after the assaults occurred. 7NEWS has been approached by two victims who complained that no one was warning the public about the attacks.
The three blitz attacks badly injured four people within 45 minutes. The victims, who are white, tell 7NEWS they were jumped without warning by groups of black men. Some of the victims were knocked out. One man regained consciousness in an ambulance taking him to the hospital.
"We as the media learned about [the attacks], because the victims came forward to us. We didn't hear about it through police communication. Is that in-line with your policy of transparency?" Stewart asked the chief.
"No. I mean obviously, we'd like to get out information, if we think it's of some relevance to the community," White said.
The chief stressed that the department's public Crime Alerts are only effective if they point to a trend, and police may not be able to confirm a crime pattern overnight.
"In hindsight, do you feel this could have been handled differently, or do you think this was done by the book?" Stewart asked.
"You're asking me, could we have gotten it out earlier?" White said. "If we just acted on one or two of those incidents, we could have gotten out earlier. But after looking at the three of them collectively, and looking at, was there a possible pattern, we couldn't have gotten it out earlier because we didn't get all of the information from all of the three crimes at the same time," said White.
White says none of the police HALO security cameras posted in the area captured any of the attacks. He adds that it's too early to say if the attacks were racially motivated.
But the chief underscored that Denver remains a safe city, where there has been double-digit drop in the crime rate since 2011.
Let's see, white victims, black perps, otherwise random.
DPD simply will not say this was racial until they are dragged kicking and screaming to that position.
Probably getting pressure from the ACLU and DOJ not to tell the public about certain numbers of crimes committed by blacks, due to a disparity in the percent of minority population to the percent of crimes committed by minorities.
This is ridiculous. These attacks are happening all over the place. There's hardly a day goes by I don't hear about at least one or two of them, and I'm not even looking for them. How many times do these have to happen, overwhelmingly black on white, before they'll admit these attacks are racially motivated? If even one occurrence is white on black, they're certain it's racially motivated and are busy filing hate crime charges!
".....but not for white people," he smirked.
“How many times do these have to happen, overwhelmingly black on white, before they’ll admit these attacks are racially motivated?”
They’ll never admit it, never.
Except, of course, for the ******* playing flash mob/knockout games.
In case anyone is wondering, Chief White isn’t.
Denver Police Chief Robert (Ain’t) White. At least we know that justice in Denver is color-blind. If you’re “colored” they’re blind.
In other breaking news, Eric Holder, insists that for every black arrested for aggravated assault (i.e, the Knockout “Game”), eight white people must be arrested to maintain racial quotas.
“we’d like to get out information, if we think it’s of some relevance to the community”
Yea because Roving gangs of violent black youts attacking whitey is really not that relevant to the community.
This is ridiculous.
I added blackonwhite as a keyword to more easily find these articles. Knockoutgame works too.
FReepers - please add keywords (one? both?). It helps. We’d have 50 searchable FR pages of these stories...
Sounds like he was bitten by that Moose guy cop (yeah, the one who claimed that white vans were racis').
Denver was a dangerous place back in the early 1950s.
Yep...the police in Charlottesville, VA were trying to sweep one under the rug until one of the vics went to the press...9 DAYS LATER! Now once the vics were caught they are trying to say it was just a dispute...not racial violence.
LoDo is considered safe only if you are one of the people who doesn’t get attacked.