Kevin Devine, cop fired in Denver Diner case: Read his angry, error-filled resignation letter

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Kevin Devine.
Denver police officers Ricky Nixon and Kevin Devine, fired for their actions in the 2009 Denver Diner case, aren't going quietly. Nixon filed a lawsuit against the city prior to his dismissal, claiming that forcing him to give up his gun and work the radar unit violated his civil rights. And Devine wrote a resignation letter that was apparently sent just prior to his sacking, blistering the DPD as "vinidictive and self-center" -- two of many spelling and grammatical errors evident in the text. Read the entire document and get details below.

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Four angles on the Denver Diner incident.
Our previous reporting notes that in July 2009, Kelly Boren, Sharelle Thomas, Ana Ortega and Kristal Carrillo were at the restaurant when they say Denver police officers Nixon and Devine menaced them with nightsticks, pulled or shoved a number of them to the ground and sprayed them with mace despite no compelling evidence of actual wrongdoing caught on video by a nearby HALO camera.

Although DPD investigations cleared Nixon and Devine of wrongdoing, they were subsequently fired, only to be reinstated by the Civil Service Commission. Finally, however, a court ruling upheld their dismissals, after which their positions were terminated within days of Boren, Thomas, Ortega and Carrillo receiving a $360,000 settlement in the matter.

By that point, Devine was fed up with the DPD, as evidenced by the aforementioned letter, sent to Police Chief Robert White and first obtained by CBS4's Brian Maass. The document doesn't show many signs of proofreading, as it misspells the name of Deputy Chief David Quinones, among other things. It begins like so:

"I cannot in good conscious [sic] continue to work for a Department that allows its senior chain of command to be so vinidictive [sic] and self -center [sic] as to use its officers as political stepping- stone for advancement. I find Deputy Chief Quinnoes's [sic] actions on this matter most disgraceful. How was he able to determine facts that others did not still amazes me."

Here's the complete letter.

Kevin Devine Letter to Denver Police Department

More from our News archive: "Ricky Nixon: Inside Alex Landau-Denver Diner cop's civil rights lawsuit against city."


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woccow
woccow

Not surprising.  Denver and Aurora seem to have a serious issue with cops being unethical.

David Kelly
David Kelly

My mother used to say silence is golden in his case it might have been the best thing for him to do period....

zunigadonna
zunigadonna

Keep the comments coming, I'm laughing my head off!

Paul Malczewski
Paul Malczewski

not even going to read it. just glad the peace of shit got what he deserved. should have been years ago.

Brian Green
Brian Green

Now that he's not a cop, maybe he can get hooked on phonics...but probably whiskey. I watch a lot of TV.

Brenda Lott
Brenda Lott

Shouldn't there be some kind of basic literacy test for cops. Good grief, that was really poorly written.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Given most of the crap covered in the news today, I wouldn't say that police brutality fails to qualify as "real news."

James Gold
James Gold

A pulse, and only a slightlly higher IQ than a bag of rocks.

John Mccall
John Mccall

Shut up Blunt. This kind is news needs to be repeated a few so that everyone knows what kind of dick heads these cops are.

JP Thomason
JP Thomason

What an uneducated flake. I think OUR department should do what other departments are doing, and have ALL on-duty cops wear a device similar to google glass - which records EVERYTHING they do on the clock. I'm sure our police brutality issues and cops fatally shooting people will drop, and our department will gain more respect from the public they are supposed to protect. We've got some idiot officers which need to be shown the door.

kevindevineisadouche
kevindevineisadouche

I believe it was the NYTimes that a few months back broke a story about how police departments look for a specific lower IQ for their hiring of potential recruits. Clearly, this guy passed the "low IQ" test. Men, whether cops or not, who abuse women, need to have the ever-living shit knocked out of them. Kevin Devine is a whiny, stupid little boy who deserves to be ridiculed, along with his partner (who has been in the spotlight before for abuse of of his pig privileges). He isnt even enough to be 

a douche, he is enema water.

Jeterboy Joe
Jeterboy Joe

Miami is looking for officers, sounds like he has the right attitude.

Anthony Huh
Anthony Huh

You should be put in jail and then "Learned some engrish". LOL!

athowell1
athowell1

Former police officer Kevin Devine: One less abusive pig patrolling the streets of Denver looking for someone to brutalize. Good riddance!

BlueWallOfDooky
BlueWallOfDooky

This video shows an ex-cop that decided to do the correct thing and leave a job that is voluntary and criminal. No one is forcing these guys to abuse the public and violate the Constitution. Cops don't do ANYTHING for us that we cannot do better for ourselves as a community. This piggy should have take a lesson from this man:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt4O62_VXs4#t=212

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

I don't think you're in a position to critique anyone's grammatical abilities.

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

This fool is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to hateful mean cops.

NoTaxationWithoutRep
NoTaxationWithoutRep

I think it's hilarious this dink is angry at the DPD for using him as a political 'steeping stone'. NEWSFLASH: You were hired to be a thug because the department felt you possessed a lack of ability to think for yourself and you had a pension for mindless violence. A sociopath. You just weren't smart enough to cover your tracks like the rest of your buddies, loser.....Peace out.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I heard they deliberately hire law enforcement with low IQ so they follow orders without questioning. This may be seen to confirm the assertion.

Thomas H. Goris
Thomas H. Goris

Did anybody else notice that Westword states the officer wrote "vinidictive". However, in the copy of the officers letter it shows he wrote "vindictive" (spelled correctly). Well done Westword. You're writers/editors are awsome!

Damon Wood
Damon Wood

if u literally can't spell what ur trying say maybe u shouldn't b macing women.

Damon Wood
Damon Wood

Watch the video. Pretty cut n dry. They didn't mention macing them in the police report. That's cause for termination.

Chip Reava
Chip Reava

The only reason I'm in Denver after midnight is because I'm leaving a show-too much of this...it's a coin toss- what will the next big story be?- a hit-n-run, a cop beating/shooting of unarmed or developmentally disabled individual, a Nugget/Bronco giving a beat down or a drive by- I don't live in fear, I just don't need to be in the proximity of all that crap. I go for the shows and then right back home…

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

DPD - Illiterate violent Neanderthal thugs

GFTW
GFTW

He has a future as a Westword writer!

Chris Bossom
Chris Bossom

Watch out everyone, I'm calling it now, this is the next guy to go on a shooting rampage.

Toches
Toches

Should also be:


stepping-stone (sic)

Toches
Toches

Maybe self-center is like off-center and we just don't know it yet.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

Like I said No Has one been violent. Shooting is a Shooting. Not being violent with Officers. And no one cares about that its old news. These women and the 2 kids who were pulled over and lets see the young man who recorded the police on his cellphone and they beat him did nothing wrong. The COPS who are here to SERVE and PROTECT not beat the shit out of innocent women and young men who uphold their civic duty of recording IN PUBLIC DID NOTHING WRONG.

Chris Esp Rob
Chris Esp Rob

The westword should resign from the world of journalism.

Ian StClair
Ian StClair

Anyone want to wager on how long it takes for him to be reinstated with back pay?

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

Try penchant, you semi-literate simpleton.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Chris Esp Rob 

What is this "The westword" or which you speak, and how would it "resign?"

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