Aurora, Colorado Promoted Drunk Cop to Detective
AURORA, COLORADO POLICE PROMOTE BLACKOUT DRUNK COP TO DETECTIVE
It’s difficult to understand just how hard it is to have police accountability when the very idea faces so many hurdles. The least of those is the power of the police unions, whose political virility makes the simplest dialogue about the topic virtually anathema. But local politics can also be a major factor. Take the recent news out of Aurora, Colorado. Last month, the Aurora Police Department promoted Officer Nathan Meier to Detective. And his promotion will be a problem for many, including me. Why? Because he is a drunk, and more than potentially a dangerous one.
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OFFICER NATHAN MEIER ADMITTED TO BEING BLACKOUT DRUNK WHILE ON DUTY
In the year 2019, Officer Nathan Meier passed out while driving a police car near an Airforce base. He was both armed and on duty at the time. But he didn’t pass out from exhaustion, fumes, or some temporary medical condition. He passed out because he was blackout drunk. Again, armed an on duty, in a police car. He admitted as much to investigators when they confronted him about the incident. But Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz swept the incident under the rug at the time, and Meier stayed on the job.
NOW A DETECTIVE, MEIER ALEADY KNOWS HE HAS IMMUNITY FROM BAD ACTION
Even worse, the police department for some reason did not conduct any criminal investigation and didn’t inform prosecutors of the incident. This despite multiple officers who said that both Meier and his car smelled like a distillery. So it’s not hard to attest, strongly, that the leadership of the Aurora Police Department care more about protecting some favored officers more than their sworn duty to serve and protect the public. A police detective with a history of being blackout drunk on duty already knows he has virtual immunity for whatever he does on the job.
What might he do next? What else has he already done that we don’t yet know about?