The arrest last month of a Greeley Police Officer for sexual assault during a traffic stop has shocked the community. However, many sources close to the department are still waiting for something… the proof.
Officer Daniel Shepherd was arrested after command/supervisory staff at the police department investigated claims made by a 19-year-old girl that Officer Shepherd pulled her over, had her exit her vehicle then touched her inappropriately during a pat down. The girl was then released by the officer.
The arrest affidavit seems to show that Officer Shepherd did, indeed, lie to the supervisors investigating the allegation. This lie, while likely damning to the officer’s career, does not constitute guilt on the sexual assault charge.
Consider an alternate, hypothetical, explanation:
An officer is dispatched to a party where one of the party-goers is drunk and causing a disturbance.
Upon arrival, the officer contacts the parties in question and they state they just want the drunk person to leave. The officer, making a poor judgment call, tells the person to leave the party, and maybe even starts their car, stating, “Get out of here.”
A short time later, the officer sees the same person driving very erratically, and, fearing an imminent crash, pulls them over. Now the officer’s in a pickle. He can’t charge this person because he told them to drive. He orders them out of their car, then pats them down before taking them back to his car to find them a ride (both initial actions are common and accepted officer safety practices).
Once in his car, the officer makes a statement like, “What are we going to do about this?” Then tells the person to call someone for a ride.
The next day, the officer gets called to talk to the Sergeants and Lieutenant in charge of Investigations about this incident. He initially denies it (again, bad call) then lawyers up.
We have no idea what might have happened on the night in question. But that’s the point… we don’t know. Neither do you. So before you rush to judgment, consider there might be other explanations.
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