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Re: “State Patrol forces citizen to drive to its Lakewood office to view, but not copy, reports

There are a few additional points that, as the subject of this article, I feel important to share with Indy readers….

You should know that Jeff Roberts’ points regarding redacting personal information from the documents is well taken—and I heavily stressed that in court. Judge Hall, however, did not address this point at all. (And of course as you saw in Pam’s article, there was no personal/private information contained in the documents needing protection, thus demonstrating the degree to which cops, i.e., CSP Chief Hernandez, will prevaricate— even in front of a judge.)

I also stressed in court that Colorado State Patrol’s (CSP) argument that making copies available could lead to unwarranted adverse consequences is absurd in light of them allowing me to not only view the requested documents in person, but also because they’d allow note-taking. This note-taking, I explained to the judge, would result in verbatim duplicates of the documents both in form and content. I questioned how copies of the documents might lead to unwarranted adverse consequences while exact duplicates created via note-taking in person would not. The judge didn’t address that point, either.

Now, veering off the main topic of Pam’s article, you might be interested in knowing what the documents revealed. Bottom line, the investigation was bungled, constitutes a farce and a sham, and highlights State Troopers’ lies and prevarications. Here but a very few examples:

— The complaint was improperly categorized on CSP’s Administrative Notification Of Allegations form.

— Trooper Kenneth Nuci, the subject of my complaint, states that he was inside the bay doing a VIN inspection when he overheard me speaking with Toby Espinoza (a CDOT employee). How could Nuci from within the bay overhear a conversation I had more than 30’ away on the side of the building?

— Trooper Holly Ewing, who walked out of the bay shortly after I arrived, stated “I did not hear any of the verbal interaction between Toby and the male party.” How could Nuci hear from inside the bay that which Ewing could not from the outside and not too far from me and Espinoza?

— Trooper Jessica Parsons states that “I heard…Ewing instruct the male party to pull his vehicle and trailer off to the right and to bring in his paperwork.” This contradicts Ewing’s statement that it was Nuci who provided these instructions.

— Sgt. Todd James states that he talked to a female Trooper named Holsinger about the interaction she had with me. According to his statement, “she tried talking to him during the inspection.” There was, however, no female part of my inspection and the only interaction I had with a female was exceptionally brief and with Ewing.

How can citizens trust cops’ investigations when it comes to them beating up citizens, shooting them, etc., when they can’t even get something as benign as this right?

CSP wants the public to believe that their core values consist of honor, duty, and respect. The exact opposite occurred here. And when I let CSP leadership know about it, based on the evidence obtained within their own documents, they didn’t care…

— The District Commander Maj. Scott Copley stated that he “disagreed” with what I learned from CSP’s investigatory documents. WHAT?

— CSP Chief Scott Hernandez simply ignored my writing which he received via certified mail on April 26, 2016.

— CO Dept. of Public Safety Exec. Dir. Stan Hilkey received my certified mail May 24…I’m still waiting on a reply….

Honor, Duty, Respect…yeah, right; just a cheap tagline that means nothing when it really matters.

CSP’s and CDPS’s leadership is a disgrace to the public and to all of those agency members who actually do want to serve the public honorably.

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Posted by dwchamp on 07/28/2016 at 10:42 AM

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