Denver official resigning amid police controversy
DENVER (AP) – Mayor John Hickenlooper says he has accepted the resignation of Ronald Perea as the city’s manager of safety.
Hickenlooper made the announcement Monday. Perea is resigning amid a controversy over his decision to retain police officers caught on video hitting a man during a violent arrest last year.
Perea will leave his job as manager of safety Aug. 31.
Hispanics and African Americans had called on Perea to resign or fire the two officers. The city’s independent police monitor has publicly said the officers involved in the incident should have been fired for trying to cover up what happened.
The FBI is investigating the arrest of the man and his companion at Hickenlooper’s request and the police department has reopened the internal investigation of the officers.
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