Two men formally charged in vandalism of Fallen Officer Memorial

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DENVER — The Denver district attorney has formally charged two men accused of vandalizing the Fallen Officer Memorial at Denver police headquarters.

Robert Guerrero, 25, and Matthew Goldberg, 23, are charged with criminal mischief, defacing public property, desecration of a venerated and resisting arrest.

The two are accused of defacing the memorial with red paint on Feb. 14, then resisting arrest.

Guerrero and Goldberg are out on a $5,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in court March 2.

The vandalism occurred during a protest against recent Denver police shootings. The red paint was quickly washed away.

The next day, the Denver Police Protective Association and the Fraternal Order of Police called for Denver Police Chief Robert White to resign over how the department handled the event.

“We allowed it to be desecrated,” said Nick Rogers, president of the Denver Police Protective Association. “The fact that it’s washed off and that its gone doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen, the scars don’t go away.”

Mayor Michael Hancock supported the chief, but the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police later came out calling for White and Manager of Safety Stephanie O’Malley to resign.


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