Target: Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver, Colorado
Goal: Prevent reinstatement of police deputy found guilty of assaulting an inmate.
A city board in Denver, Colorado has decided that Deputy Thomas Ford, who was fired in 2014 for allegedly punching an inmate, is worthy of reinstatement. In their decision, the board claimed that Ford should only have been suspended despite clear evidence of abuse and assault. In addition to getting his job back, Ford will also receive back pay, meaning that his violent and illegal actions will have almost no repercussions.
Ford was fired in September 2014 after a video surfaced of him punching an inmate at the Downtown Detention Center. In addition to the display of excessive force, Ford was also found guilty of lying to investigators during the probe of the incident. Ford argued that he felt threatened by the inmate, a claim that the Career Service Authority Board eventually accepted in their recent ruling. The board, which is appointed by the mayor of Denver, called the incident “a mistaken, albeit unreasonable belief that an attack was imminent.”
Executive Director of the Department of Safety, Stephanie O’Malley, has already expressed outrage at the decision. She announced that the city will appeal the decision to the Denver District Court in attempt to prevent Ford from returning to work. “By frequently reversing sound disciplinary orders issued by my office, the Career Service Board is undermining our authority as an employer and preventing us from appropriately disciplining deputies who have violated department rules and regulations,” said O’Malley in a statement.
Deputy Ford’s actions were inexcusable and serve as a testament to his inadequate ability to perform his duties. He failed to fulfill his responsibility to protect and serve the people of Denver, and the decision to fire him was entirely justified. To reinstate this officer is to send the message that authority figures are above the law. The mayor of Denver is responsible for this board, and it is now his duty to intervene and prevent this dangerous man from returning to service.
Dear Mayor Hancock,
The Career Service Authority Board recently ruled that Deputy Thomas Ford is worthy of reinstatement after his firing in 2014. In a brutal video, Deputy Ford can clearly be seen striking an inmate in an excessive display of force. In the subsequent investigation, Ford was also found guilty of lying to investigators about the incident. Despite these offenses, Ford will be back in uniform and will even receive back pay for the time he was inactive.
The decision has already been denounced by fellow departments, and plans to appeal have already been set in motion. As the board members are appointed by your office, their decision is a reflection of your own beliefs. I urge you to intervene and prevent this dangerous man from returning to service so that the people of Denver do not need to fear abuse from the very people entrusted with their protection.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Billy Hathorn