Emails reveal Denver councilman suggested mayor suspend himself over inappropriate texts

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DENVER -- Emails were sent to and from members of the Denver City Council involving Mayor Michael Hancock and the inappropriate messages he sent to a former member of his security detail.

Internal emails reveal City Councilman Kevin Flynn wrote to Hancock's staff saying he should consider suspending himself to slow the growing controversy.

"I and likely all of my colleagues are hearing from constituents that we need to call for him to resign," Flynn wrote.

Also in the documents, a Denver resident started a petition on calling for Hancock to resign. There are hundreds of signatures on the petition.

There are also multiple letters from residents asking the council to investigate and Hancock to resign.

Denver Police Det. Leslie Branch-Wise said Hancock sent her sexually suggestive text messages when she worked on his security detail in 2011 and 2012.

Hancock apologized last month for the texts but has denied sexual harassment of Branch-Wise.

The city council ultimately decided against opening an independent investigation into the matter.

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