Sorry is not enough from the Aurora Police

Sorry is not enough from the Aurora Police

Subject: “It Was Done Wrong”: Aurora Police Chief explains mistakes that resulted in officers handcuffing children

I am writing about the Aurora Police traffic disruption on Sunday, when a woman and four children stopped because of a possibly stolen vehicle.

They were approached at gunpoint and had to lie face down in the street, some handcuffed despite being completely innocent. The Auorora Police Department partially defended these actions by saying this was a standard protocol (although the car they stopped wasn’t even anywhere near the motorcycle that had actually been reported as stolen.)

That has to stop! There is no way to get this right! Saying that they are sorry is not enough to make them behave outrageously. This family is entitled to a large financial settlement from Aurora to pay for the years of therapy these frightened children need to feel safe again.

The officers should be strictly disciplined. Finally, the APD must offer training in common sense. Officials must learn that it is never okay to handcuff innocent children.

Hopefully we will never see this abuse of power again.

Nancy Riordan Kunzie, Denver

The TV access feud continues to freeze Avs fans

The Colorado Avalanche has the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup in years, the most venerable sports trophy in North America. The Rocky Mountain time zone has tens of thousands of hockey fans.

All games to determine the champion are played in Canada – a nation that used the common sense to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fans would be taped to their TVs to see maroon and white do what they do best.

But no. The children who run Comcast and own the television broadcast rights to Avalanche and Nuggets are in a childish feud leaving many fans with no access to watch the games. Many bars and restaurants have direct TV, but their capacities are (at best) severely limited by the pandemic.

For a few dollars and some abstract moaning about monopoly and competition, tens of thousands of Avalanche and Nuggets fans won’t be watching games on TV.

Well done Corporate America. You have shown everyone how eager you are to serve the customer base you say you adore.

If I were to sponsor my goods and services on Comcast, I would be apoplectic given the petty thinking of the parties involved. But nothing will change as long as the parties to the conflict remain in a first-class mindset.

Will the media reinforce and socially shame these thoughtless entities for the people who make them rich again and again?

Vern Turner, Denver

I don’t know the details of the dispute between the various parties involved (and I don’t care), but I am very disappointed that the Colorado Avalanche fans are deprived of the privilege of watching the playoff games. Right now at this time of the pandemic when we all have something to look forward to, you would hope that these privileged participants show some passion.

Ha! I think that’s asking too much.

L. Smith, Arvada

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