Obama Event Draws Fire for Use of ‘Cops as Props’

April 3, 2013

PROPS? Gun-rights advocates decried the use of Denver police during President Obama’s gun control remarks here Wednesday

DENVER–President Obama’s gun-control speech Wednesday at the Denver Police Academy is expected to feature a backdrop of uniformed police officers, and that could be a problem.

A Denver officer has filed an ethics complaint after the department offered police the opportunity to appear in uniform behind the president during his remarks Wednesday at the Denver Police Academy.

“They’re using our brand to take sides,” DPD technician Danny Veith told 9NEWS. “Our image should not be used for one political party or another.”

A memo obtained by 9News says that the chance to appear with the president is strictly voluntary. Those scheduled to work that day may attend as staffing allows, meaning that officers may be paid for their participation.

Gun-rights advocates have decried the use of Denver police, arguing that their presence will imply that the department endorses the White House’s push for stricter gun-control laws. No ruling from the city’s ethics panel is expected before the event.

“It’s agenda based and they shouldn’t be there,” retired Denver police detective Mike Rossi told CBS4. “To me if you put Denver police officers behind the President, who is pushing this agenda, then what you are telling the citizens of the city is that the Denver Police Department is for this.”

News of the president’s arrival has sparked at least two Wednesday counter-events. The National Rifle Association is holding a “Stand Up for the Second Amendment” protest rally outside the academy during Mr. Obama’s appearance, which is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.

Sixteen Colorado sheriffs are holding a news conference to speak out against the state’s gun-control measures at 1 p.m. at Thomas (Fred N.) Memorial Park in Denver, about a mile from the academy.

Mr. Obama is also slated to meet with community leaders and law-enforcement officials before his remarks.


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4 Responses to Obama Event Draws Fire for Use of ‘Cops as Props’

  1. rlloyd
    April 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I am sure some of the officers were there of their own free-will, while others were “volunteered” to be there. Just like the military back-drops we see on CNN, Fox, etc.

    Obama and his state minions are drunk-with-power right now, and trying to keep the momentum going to get as many guns laws passed as they can before people are tired of it.

    Sooner or later, the hangover will begin, and hopefully these infidel Democrats and others will be voted out, but Colorado needs to wake up first, and that is taking place.

  2. robyn Parker
    April 5, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Sadly, though, you can’t unring a bell. It seems like when this stuff gets signed, sealed and delivered there’s no way out. I am hoping that after our next election this bell – as well as Obamacare – can be unrung.

  3. Bob Terry
    April 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Obama is a campaigner in chief … and said I want to govern in my last 2 years really…what about the first 6 ?? Oh yeah you were too busy deflecting and running away..promising and giving away things we can’t even pay for… So why not on the Guns and fly at our expense the Sandy Hook parents…hey they are liberal and don’t mind being prostituted at the US Taxpayer expense. Sorry the children were killed… He is so full of BS… but we want a warm and fuzzy president…even if he doesn’t do anything…it makes us feel good…:) I need to hurl … but these gun bills aren’t gonna do anything…Geez why do the American people fall for Horsecrap…Please Mr Obama can we have summore…no offense to Oliver Twist

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