Governor unsure he can act on calls for investigation into Denver’s mayor

DENVER -- Twenty-four hours after Colorado’s Fraternal Order of Police called on Gov. John Hickenlooper to compel the state's attorney general to investigate Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Hickenlooper is unsure he can act.

Hancock has been accused of sending inappropriate texts to a Denver police detective in 2012 when she worked on his security detail.

“I doubt it,” Hickenlooper said. “I think the attorney general operates independently of the governor.

“Bad behavior in and of itself is generally not cause for an investigation by the attorney general. Generally, there needs to be a law that is broken."

On Tuesday, representatives from the Denver’s Sheriff’s Department spoke at a news conference at the state’s FOP headquarters, visibly frustrated no official groups in Denver have started investigating the mayor.

“Is the mayor exempt from all due process?” deputy Michael Jackson asked. “Can he do whatever he wants and nobody can say anything negative about it?”

At the news conference, it was revealed deputies fear retaliation for speaking out.

“We’ve been getting death threats,” Jackson said.

The mayor’s office said it called the actions by the FOP “political” and a “scare tactic.”

“They have been very critical of this administration for over seven years now,” Hancock spokeswoman Amber Miller said.

“The mayor is focused on people knowing that he takes full responsibility for his actions."