A Denver police officer has asked the city’s ethics board whether it’s appropriate for President Barack Obama to promote his gun control proposals Wednesday at the department’s training facility, saying it creates the impression that Denver police support Colorado’s recently passed gun-control laws.
Danny Veith, a technician and 18-year-veteran, said he and several officers have discussed the situation with each other and on social media.
“My concern is our police department is being used as a vehicle for partisan political influence,” Veith said.
Denver Board of Ethics director Michael Henry thanked Veith for his “very valid and interesting questions and concerns” but pointed out in an e-mail that the board doesn’t meet until April 18. Veith said he plans to ask for an advisory opinion at that time.