Rehire Sheriff Fired for Upholding the Law

police cars by Bruce Emmerling

Target: Denver Sheriff Department

Goal: Guarantee a livelihood for a noble sheriff that refused to destroy evidence.

Officer Brent Miller was fired the day after he refused to destroy video-taped evidence of inmate Chris Colbruno being inappropriately harassed and degraded by police officers. During transportation to the Denver Health Medical Center, the inmate soiled his uniform and was stripped completely naked except for his handcuffs before being walked through to public hallways of the hospital.

When Officer Miller refused to destroy the surveillance footage upon request of the head of the department’s internal affairs bureau, he was subsequently fired for being “too opinionated.” Even though the case is still currently being investigated, Officer Miller should be rehired by the police department.

Brent Miller has always been told that his work was very solid and that he had absolutely no issues. However, investigation has revealed that Miller did not pass employment probation due to unrelated performance issues. Miller stated himself to CBS that he “just wanted things to be honest and fair … the way Denver needs to do business.” If you agree, then sign this petition to ensure that Officer Brent Miller has a source of employment and income during and after the trial.


Dear Sheriff Department of Denver,

I believe that the termination of Officer Brent Miller’s employment was unjust and unnecessary. Even though this has not been proven yet by investigation or a court of law, Officer Miller has earned a form of employment or income during this time before investigation is complete. Miller has never been told that his performance was anything but acceptable and has never caused any issues in his line of work.

Your guiding principles include honesty, respect, integrity, and accountability. The day before Officer Miller was terminated from your department, Captain Paul Ortega approached him and requested that he destroy footage of officer misconduct and the cruel humiliation of an inmate. When Miller refused to illegally destroy evidence, he was fired the following day.

Brent Miller’s actions reflected all four of the principles listed from your department’s leading goals. In order to uphold your own values, I request that you ensure that Officer Miller has a way to support himself during the time of the ongoing investigation.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Bruce Emmerling

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One Comment

  1. So many law enforcement officers, in this country, are out-of-control, brutally assaulting innocent and unarmed citizens, killing gentle dogs, lying despite condemning evidence–and then getting paid vacations. Firing Brent Miller, the rare officer, who has the courage (that many do not) to stand up for honesty, respect, integrity and accountability, is inexcusable and unjust. If there is an on-going investigation, Officer Brent should receive pay, as the rest of the officers in this country have, despite their obvious guilt–even with potential murder charges!

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