Jay Estrada latest fired Denver Police officer ordered to be reinstated: Why?

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Jay Estrada.
Denver Police officers are fired on occasion -- but they don't always stay fired. This fact has been reinforced again by the actions of a hearing officers panel, which ruled that Detective Jay Estrada should don his uniform again. Last June, Estrada was sacked for lying in a high profile hit-and-run case, and the panel didn't dispute this assertion. So why is Estrada back?

As we reported last year, then-Manager of Safety Charles Garcia gave Estrada the heave-ho for the "commission of a deceptive act" and "misleading and inaccurate statements" related to the hit-and-run accident that badly injured Laurie Gorham, who was pregnant last December when she was struck. The baby didn't survive.

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Laurie Gorham.
An eleven-year veteran of the DPD, Estrada reportedly received information about the Gorham case but didn't follow up on it, and then lied to superiors who questioned him on the subject.

According to the 9News report linked above, however, Estrada's obfuscations involved a car that ultimately was found not to be involved in the crime against Gorham. As such, the lies didn't impact the case -- enough reason for him to be reinstated, the panel determined.

That explanation wasn't good enough for current Manager of Safety Alex Martinez, who released a statement pledging to appeal this decision to the Civil Service Commission. It reads:

Although the Office of the Manager of Safety respects the authority of the Civil Service Hearing Officers, we disagree with their ruling in the Estrada case and have asked the City Attorney's Office to appeal the decision. Once again, the hearing officers have misunderstood the nature of deceptive conduct; in this case, the concept of materiality. In this office's view, the conduct was material even if it would not have changed the outcome of the investigation. We do not tolerate deceptive conduct and we will continue to impose appropriate discipline.

As 9News notes, Estrada is the seventh jettisoned cop out of the last ten to be invited back into the ranks -- a pattern of behavior rued by attorney Siddhartha Rathod in our January post about the reinstatement of officers Ricky Nixon and Kevin Devine, originally disappeared over an alleged 2009 brutality incident at the Denver Diner. "It seems like Denver can't really fire a police officer," he told us, "because they all get reinstated. And by keeping officers like these...they endanger everyone's lives."

Look below to see the original (and highly redacted) report about the firing of Detective Estrada.

Manager of Safety Office Report About the Firing of Detective Jay Estrada

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Erictompkins
Erictompkins

It's fun to read all of these posts. A bunch of liberal hippie reporters who have no journalistic integrity spewing half truths to a bunch of unemployed liberals. Most of you are the dredgese of society who live off of welfare and weed who will never be productive members of society.

DLCH
DLCH

Seriously!!!  the best that one guy can do is dog Estrada about his mustache???  I hear your mom liked it though dude!!.....if you don't have anything constructive to say, leave the guy alone... by the way, nobody got screwed here.....they guy received a phone call with extremely limited information and made the right decision on what to do with it, they admitted that.....the problem is he lied abou the phone call, that's it....there's a lot more to it but not for it to be heard here before you make you more stupid comments like this, get rid of the bong resin!!!!

Guest
Guest

Nice porno moustache, Estrada. Kinda fits, since you fucked the citizens of Denver and this crime victim. Bang up job, you lying sack.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Denver's disinterest in its own government, its inertia, and the fact that our off-cycle municipal elections have poor turnout and tend to draw more conservative voters -- all these are why we are where we are.  Anyone who styles themselves progressive should get behind two citizen-initiatives to accomplish the following:

1)  Transfer the positions within the DPD's Internal Affairs Bureau to a civilian-run Office of Police Complaints employing former law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions to investigate all complaints against police -- most such complaints are not those of civilians against police; they are those of police against each other, and officers themselves do not trust the IAB!

2)  Move municipal elections to November to coincide with general elections -- this will save the City a significant amount of money (I am waiting for the Elections Division to apprise me of the cost of the last two municipal elections), drastically improve voter-turnout, and create the possibility that Denver's elected officials will in fact represent the public.

Despite the recent reinstatements of several lying cops by the Civil Service Commission, there has been no discussion or coverage of the Civil Service Rules -- if this weren't Sonambulist City, citizens would be talking about them and demanding changes!

Retiree
Retiree

The great DPD revolving door. Fire them, absolve them, reinstate them.

Bob Smith
Bob Smith

 As a Denver resident I'm beyond frustrated by this continuing pattern - but I have no idea what I can do to change it. So I've started my "Lying Denver Cops" list for those reinstated by the Commission, and every time I'm on a jury and one of them appears in the case I will treat them as unreliable witnesses, as liars not to be believed.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

At least Martinez has made an appropriate response in this case.

Sharpshooter
Sharpshooter

I'll try to rememeber that when I'm cashing my enormous paycheck after a hard week of solving engineering problems for the DoD. At least I don't come from a home where sister fucking is still considered the chief team sport, but only because the sheep are too fast to catch.

Sharpshooter
Sharpshooter

Ah yes, but mom jokes are a great indicator of intelligence. That and your awesome and obviously deep personal knowlege of police procedure....you're a double threat! I bet MENSA is beating a path to your door as I type!

Sharpshooter
Sharpshooter

Bob, it might be easier for you to do an open records request to the Denver DA's office for their "Star List". Maybe the "Asterisk List"? Regardless of the name, the DA's already have that in place.  That's the special list the Good Ol' Boys keep on every Denver cop who's ever been disciplined for lying or caught lying on the stand. That way, when it comes time for them to testify, the DA can excuse them because they know the cop is a lying sack of...well, you know the rest. We ALL know the rest, the whole effing COUNTRY knows how incompetent and corrupt DPD is! Anyhow, there as a story on it recently, I'll see if I can dig up a link. Quite the eye opener.

GetReal
GetReal

 I agree.  Once someone has been caught lying, it's really hard for others to believe anything they say.  This guy has now earned the title.  He is a lair.  Only fools would believe anything he says in the future.

Redheadedsinger
Redheadedsinger

 Can we please stop the language? Det. Estrada has a daughter who can read.

Guest
Guest

More like NAMBLA is beating a path to his door!

Caine
Caine

And learn something about telescopes moron.

Caine
Caine

Well, that explains the posts under his pic and all the defenders, now doesn't it.

I don't sing.

Sharpshooter
Sharpshooter

Well, let's hope Estrada is a better father than he is a detective and he's keeping his children from reading the truth about him. Given his track record, the truth is something that is probably seldom seen around this clown. Luckily, he got to enjoy his daughter, the victim of the hit and run not so much. Justice would've been nice for her, instead she got a moron assigned to her case who deemed it necessary to ignore leads and then lie about it after the fact. And then lie about lying. One thing about Denver's "finest", the bigger fuckup you are, the more defenders you'll have lining up to drink the kool aid with you. I'm sure that's of great comfort to the crime victims in this town.

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