DENVER – A Denver Police officer was named in a threatening flyer left on the Denver Police memorial desecrated by protesters on Saturday.
"DEAR (officer's name): WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND," the flyer read.
The officer threatened in the flyer was involved in several incidents that protesters call police brutality.
On Tuesday morning, Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson addressed community concerns over threats to officers, telling 9NEWS there were no "hit lists" left behind at the memorial.
Photos posted by protesters on social media show them carrying an American flag upside down at the memorial outside Denver police headquarters. The American flag at the memorial was lowered and left lying on the ground.
Jackson said Tuesday that the flag had not been "desecrated."
Jackson's comments further strained the DPD leaders' relationship with rank-and-file officers and their supporters. Social media reaction to Jackson's comments was swift and sharply critical.
DPD brass ordered officers to stand and watch as protesters poured red paint on the memorial to fallen officers. Both unions representing Denver Police officers have called for the ouster of Police Chief Robert White as a result. The Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, the state's largest law enforcement union, additionally called for the firing of Public Safety Director Stephanie O'Malley.
Reclaiming the memorial
Supporters of Denver Police officers reclaimed the memorial. An online campaign called for Coloradans to bring flowers to the memorial Wednesday in memory of the fallen officers and in support of today's force.
People who don't live nearby have been calling in their orders to a nearby King Soopers.
Reporter's Note: An earlier version of this story included DPD's denials of a "hit list" and the "desecration" of the flag but omitted details of the threat to the officer and the disrespect shown to the American flag by protesters.
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