Target: Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner
Goal: Terminate the employment of two police officers who killed a beloved neighborhood elk out of season.
On New Year’s Day in Colorado, two Boulder County police officers named Samuel Carter and Brent Curnow conspired and killed a friendly neighborhood elk. Officer Carter reportedly shot the animal because he claimed it was injured. He called off-duty officer, Brent Curnow, to assist him with moving the carcass. No official police report was made, and no calls to the department to authorize this killing occurred. Officer Curnow then had the elk meat processed for his personal use.
Text messages and photographs have surfaced, which indicate that killing this elk, known as Rufus or Humphrey to the Boulder residents whom he visited, was premeditated and had been planned for some time. A picture of the officer standing over the enormous and regal animal depicts him looking proud of himself with his arms outspread to indicate the size of the elk’s antlers. This elk was renowned in the area for grazing on pastures and snacking on the fruit from orchards. Almost every neighbor in the area easily recognized the elk and had named him. One individual even considered the elk a mascot for the area.
Poaching is not only illegal, but is morally reprehensible. As police officers, Samuel Carter and Brent Curnow were not only violating the law, but acted as though they were above the law. This sort of conduct should not be tolerated. The two are currently on unpaid suspension and are being charged with various misdemeanors and one felony related to the incident, but are still employed by the Boulder County Police Department. Ask the Police Chief of Boulder County to fire these two individuals for their conduct.
Dear Boulder County Police Chief, Mark Beckner,
As you know, two of your officers recently killed a beloved neighborhood elk on New Year’s Day. Officer Carter and Officer Curnow have both been charged with various misdemeanors and a felony for the event. Reportedly, Officer Carter claimed that the animal was injured and he was attempting to euthanize the elk, though no police report or witness testimony exists to corroborate his story. Two neighbors have even come forward and provided affidavits to counter the notion that this well-known animal was injured. Recently, text messages and photographs have surfaced, which indicate that this act was indeed premeditated and had been planned for some time.
This elk was renowned in the Mapleton neighborhood for visiting various residences and nibbling on fruit and grasses in the area. Almost every resident in the neighborhood had named the magnificent creature, ranging from ‘Big Boy,’ ‘Rufus,’ and ‘Humphrey.’ Killing this iconic animal is not only illegal, but is morally reprehensible. As police officers, these two acted as though they were above the law, which is a dangerous way to function in law enforcement.
Unfortunately, Boulder police officers are developing a reputation for misconduct and criminal activity. This type of behavior cannot be tolerated any longer. The people of Boulder put their faith and trust into your department and in light of the evidence that indicates killing this elk was premeditated, and the conduct of the officers thereafter, immediate recourse seems appropriate. Please consider immediately terminating these two individuals for their conduct.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Dead elk via Lara Koenig