Police chief claims responsibility for illegal arrest

August 14, 2012

Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey took responsibility Tuesday for the illegal arrest of a man who was carrying a gun in the open in Acacia Park last month.

Guns can be openly carried in city parks.

“I share some concerns about what happened,” Carey said during the City Council meeting after a citizen raised concerns about the arrest.

“I have a responsibility to make sure my guys are trained and they have the right resources, that they’re taking the right action,” Carey said.

During PrideFest, police arrested a 24-year-old man under an outdated law banning guns in parks. The arrest was captured on video.

“I also saw that video, more than once, and I do have some concerns,” Carey said.

“I promised the mayor and I’ll promise you I’m going to take care of it,” Carey told the man who raised the concerns during the citizen discussion portion of the meeting.

Colorado Springs police said they will conduct an “expedited review” of the arrest.

Other highlights of the meeting:

• The council voted 7-0 to approve a $787,500 supplemental appropriation for Waldo Canyon fire costs.

Council members Angela Dougan and Tim Leigh were absent.

The city’s fire-related costs so far total $3.75 million, but the city anticipates that it will be reimbursed for a majority of those costs.

The supplemental appropriation includes $22,500 in bonuses to exempt employees.

“A $500 bonus was provided to 45 employees who worked more than 59 hours — some more than 100 hours — during the week of June 23 to 29,” Chief Financial Officer Kara Skinner said in an email.

“Members of the mayor’s Executive Team and their direct reports were not eligible to receive the bonus,” she added.

• The council voted 7-0 to approve a resolution supporting the November ballot measure to extend the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority tax.

The PPRTA, a one-cent sales and use tax for transportation projects and transit, was approved by voters in 2004.

The tax will sunset in 2014 unless voters approve an extension.

“Extending the PPRTA capital program provides funding to complete more than 150 projects that have been vetted by PPRTA communities, citizen advisory boards, local businesses, elected officials, staff and citizens at more than 40 public meetings,” the resolution states.

Contact Daniel Chacón: 476-1623
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