DENVER -- Six of the metro area’s law enforcement leaders met with community members on Tuesday night to answer their questions about recent events within the police and sheriff’s departments.
The idea began with Pastor Chris Hill of The Potter’s Church in Denver. He organized the meeting he said in hopes that people would listen to each other and blur the lines of color. More than 600 people showed up for the event.
Arapahoe County Sheriff David Watcher said, “We are more divided than we’ve ever been before.”
Pastor Chris Hill said, “My hope is, is at the end of the day we’ll realize both cops and kids have the same prayers, everybody wants to get home.”
He said there’s a disconnect in the community and he feels that pull from both sides. “My dad was a police officer and was shot in the line of duty and lost usage of both legs as a result of that, so I am very sensitive to police officers, but I am also raising two black boys here in Denver.”
After a string of incidents involving deadly forces in the Metro Area, the issue is more heated than ever. Denver Police Chief Robert White said, “I would be lying to you if I told you that I love my job. But I am still doing this because I have this philosophical belief of what I think policing is, and what it should be across this county.”
People of all ages and color showed up to be heard and to understand. Adrian Cordova brought his children. He said, “Just to show my kids, for one, that not all cops are bad. There are bad seeds in everybody.”
Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins said, “This badge does not make you God.”