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And this happened so the reason you're all here -- all these fine looking young people behind me here.
Is that in just over a week of the interest rates on federal student loans -- scheduled.
We wanna give the president props for his well his props and of course who could forget this for a start getting.
A lot of letters from kids.
-- we're here today.
It's always quite a dramatic show when the president wants does not put on main choreographed moment and then there was this month.
An emergency responders like the ones who are here today.
Their ability to help communities respond to -- recover from disasters.
Will be degrade the president today -- resorting to what has become one of his favorite messaging devices.
There you see him and his supporters and crops and then I again today.
I want to say thank you.
The Denver police for having me here.
Many doctors were stating that as police officers who should be neutral on these very hotly contested.
The issues we shouldn't be seen -- perceived as taking sides we're being unfairly portrayed.
What I wouldn't things exploded for.
One political parties -- over another.
Thank you saw today Colorado President Obama using Denver police officers as a backdrop for his gun control speech -- and as props.
A lot of police officers were not happy with the present including -- -- shared Justin Smith -- just being usurped.
Good evening Greta.
Nice -- and share up part presidents of both sides doubts have been doing it for decades using people as props for their points today it's serve cops as props in.
What do you think about it.
You know I I agree with the line level Denver police officers that I spoke with.
That it was completely inappropriate.
These officers have a job to do they should be on the street protecting their community.
Not used his political props the officers I talked to were disgusted that -- been -- worst.
And that cajoled -- to trying to get them on to be on stage.
You know some of -- police officers didn't didn't show up today out -- I didn't stand by the president is that in part because of the verdicts are controversial new gun control law on Colorado is that what is sort of distress in some police officers -- members of law enforcement.
Absolutely Greta -- that's what really went over the edge I personally spoke with some officers that came out.
To the rally that the sheriff's and I Colorado sheriff's -- and they told us that they were or adamantly opposed.
To these gun grabbing measures that the president's pushed on Colorado.
And they were really disgusted by the idea being pushed up there they let us know in no uncertain terms they weren't allowed to stand.
With the sheriff's standing up for their community but were were told it was in their best interest to be at the Denver police academy.
In uniform trying to represented his views.
So did police also actually feel pressure to beat their police officers -- law enforcement did we ought to be there.
Absolutely Greta I I talked to -- two officers that didn't wish to be identified in addition to the stories you've already heard.
They told me personally.
One of them said he he told a -- he'd call in sick.
Before he would come in and and represented views that he thought we -- truly were were very wrong.
Views out there I also heard the furor police department got messages from their chief -- in -- -- -- uniform is well.
I suppose also listen -- law enforcement though who are happy to be there who last support the president and support gun control.
You know I I certainly hold out law enforcement is like the rest of society others divided views not everybody is of the same mindset.
I recognize certainly some of the chiefs and let's -- these chiefs I don't come from Colorado oftentimes they come from other areas.
-- appointed by mayors to represent their views if that's what they -- to do they certainly have a right to but they really should respect.
The rights and the beliefs of -- level peace officers.
Do you feel what do you think connoisseur are being used is about a political backdrop I mean you chose -- -- could have gone any other state a number of other states but -- does it but does it.
-- that he chose Colorado.
You know let -- out what -- Oh really what bothers us is that we've been a pawn in a political play.
Certainly following the tragedies occurred out here in Aurora as well as the one in -- town.
That there was a nationwide political agenda.
And between them within a billionaire Mayor Bloomberg.
And the president they're trying to impose the Chicago and Washington DC policies on Colorado.
They didn't work there and they will not work in Fort Collins, Colorado either.
What do you think should be done if anything about the whole issue surrounding guns and violence.
You know I think what you what you really hit on credit is violence.
Violence is the key here however we know that's there's a challenge it's really gonna take America looking.
Looking in the mirror itself to deal with these issues these things can't simply be legislated.
However as sheriff's we certainly have ideas.
On measures the can be taken to allow us.
Nobody more than peace officers what's to get guns out of the hand of hands of felons.
But our governor and our legislature has has proven they have no interest in that they've really.
Set aside any of the values or beliefs that -- some brought.
To this debate.
What -- a server and you shows that a state can create laws like you have new laws in your state but if I want to fight couldn't have a gun -- -- arrested if I could give unlawfully and -- your state.
I just -- next sort of one of the other states go by what I need then come back home to Colorado Minnesota the irony of is it just you know that we lean on.
-- that there are ways to get them by just drive and a couple miles.
Absolutely Greta that's that's one of the challenges that we raised.
My my community we border Wyoming and it's what I refer to was the Cheyenne shuffle.
-- residents can legally.
Drive 45 minutes up the road and make -- gun transaction whether they buy it from a dealer or whether they buy it from a private individual they can be completely legal.
And that's assuming you know it is all based on assumptions.
That the criminals are gonna -- these laws they really just burden law abiding citizens I've got citizens an hour and a half.
Away from my headquarters we're waiting for -- -- sheriff's deputy to arrive.
And they're told that they're limited to ten rounds or fifteen rounds defend themselves I really find that reprehensible.
-- you know I stuck to serve.
I appreciate the opportunity Greta thank you.