Denver Sheriff Department fires former 2nd-in-command for role in domestic violence case

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DENVER — The former second-in-command of Denver's embattled sheriff's department has been fired for allegedly giving preferential treatment to a department captain who faced criminal charges.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1Jn1cBw ) Frank Gale is the third high-ranking Denver sheriff's officer to be fired or demoted in the past year. He received his termination letter Wednesday.

Gale is accused of giving preferential treatment to a captain who had been charged in a domestic violence case, which was later dismissed. Investigators say the captain was allowed to wear her civilian clothes to her arraignment rather than her jail jumpsuit, which contradicts the jail's protocol. She also was allowed to leave through the courthouse's front doors, against the department's normal release procedures.

Gale's attorney, Don Sisson, says his client's firing was a union-busting tactic and he plans to appeal.


Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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