Anti-police protesters in Denver, Colorado vandalized a fallen officers’ memorial over the weekend with red paint.
But that might not be the worst part about the story.
From The Daily Caller:
The head of the Denver police union is calling for the chief of police’s resignation after he says officers were told to stand down on Saturday as protesters poured red paint on a memorial for cops killed in the line of duty.
The desecration occurred during a demonstration against police brutality held outside of department headquarters.
As officers looked on, vandals poured red paint and sprayed graffiti on the memorial, on which the names of dozens of fallen officers are etched in stone.
“There’s no reason to allow someone to desecrate a memorial,” Denver police union president Nick Rogers told Denver’s CBS-4. “There’s no reason to allow that to happen. It’s wrong.”
The officers were actually forced to watch the so-called “peaceful” protests turn to vandalism as their chief of police ordered them to stand down.
The memorial was desecrated right before their eyes.
CBS Denver has more on the story:
Some protesters poured red paint over the memorial, which is located in front of Denver police headquarters and lists the names of police officers who have died in the line of duty. Police say the vandalism was disrespectful. Some officers were seen with tears in their eyes after the memorial was defaced.
Police arrested two men for criminal mischief in relation to the vandalism. They’ve been identified as Matthew Goldberg, 23, and Robert Guerrero, 25. They’ve been charged with criminal mischief-vandalism.
Denver firefighters were later seen cleaning the paint off of the memorial, but Denver Police Union President Nick Rogers said the damage had been done.
It’s good to see the culprits are being held accountable, but should the chief have ordered his men to stand down? I can see the logic in it: don’t do anything to increase hostilities.
But these protesters were committing a crime and, even worse, desecrating a police memorial in the process.
The mess is now cleaned up and Goldberg and Guerrero will have to answer for their crimes. But what, if anything, should happen to the police chief who ordered his men to stand idly by and endure the despicable spectacle?
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