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A developing story in Colorado where new questions are being raised ahead of president Obama's speech on gun control in just a few hours.
Police there are sharing concerns.
About the president's plan to use -- police department training facility and police officers.
As a backdrop.
For his remarks while promoting his gun control proposals.
Denver police officer Danny by doing this now and he is one of the officers voicing.
The concerns shared by many Danny tells us -- thank you very much for being here so the president is going up there he will use -- police officers.
As a backdrop as as props his critics would say.
How did it first come -- -- your attention that there are police officers in the ranks who were not happy about this.
While I'm on vacation by checking social media like FaceBook.
Several officers were contacted me over the weekend voicing their concern.
And over the years I've been kind of formal and informal advocated for officers that are experiencing issues and so I'm off in the recipient of such.
Alerts from -- hey compile and what what is thank.
It was a big concern about how we were kidding ourselves involved in a very.
A subject would no consensus.
And our use of our -- facility or police academy and uniformed officers.
Could be portrayed nationally as our position.
On the gun control debate.
And -- -- we're very concerned that.
We were being used or exploited by solemn.
That it was gonna look like an endorsement of the president's agenda where where there are diverse opinions among that the forces about.
Exactly and in many of the officers were stating that as police officers we should be neutral on these very hotly contested.
Issues we shouldn't be seen her perceived as taking sides.
So I know you actually wrote a letter to the ethics board out there saying.
We need to look at this because we're not normally allowed to do things that show a political endorsements really not in uniform.
And they got back -- said.
Oh that's a great point but what our next meetings on April 18.
Stuff that doesn't really help you much does it.
Not at this time but I think it's an issue that won't go away.
I think that maybe even on a national level that I ACP the international association she's depletion maybe.
Have a position on this but it needs to be addressed because this won't be the last time that this occurs.
Now the police chief Robert White has apparently gone on record saying.
This will put our department our city in our state on a national level it gives us some positive exposure because you -- about.
Being there with the president of the United States your thoughts on that.
Well he's right and we have gotten an incredible amount of exposure during the last several years we hosted the DNC.
And other big events.
During the campaigning last year.
And Mitt Romney came through Denver a lot because we were the swing states so it's an ongoing exposure.
Today is not the exception by far been.
That this was that this is happening.
We are told because the White House requested it they specifically wanted the use of a police facility.
As a backdrop for the president's remarks.
In you're experience I know you've you've got.
28 years in law enforcement in the Denver metro area in eighteen years.
As a Denver police officer has ever happened before -- -- president ever come out asked if he could use you guys as a backdrop.
-- specific issue that was.
You know that that's being pushed through discussed.
Obviously -- were always involved with security.
And traffic whenever a dignitary visits -- city but.
Memory I think this is the first time that were being used in this manner.
Out in Colorado they they've just passed and some controversial gun control measures.
And there are local share reps in and around.
The Denver area.
And certainly throughout Colorado -- of actually said they're not -- forced up so.
That gun control remains.
The controversial issue in Colorado as it is in much of the country.
What effect if any you think this visit and this backdrop will have.
On that controversy.
The Colorado sheriff's have got a lot of attention on a local state -- level.
Today's visit will bring national attention to it and with Denver police officers and other -- in the background.
I think you will give the impression that the Colorado -- -- wrong that law enforcement here in Denver.
Is truly behind the president of the US senate for the Democrats initiatives.
And dumb and I think that's where the problem.
Is is that were being unfairly portrayed.
What I would even say is exploited for one political party's agenda over another.
Obviously -- -- thanks for being here and -- servicer.
Thank you -- best.
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