ASPEN, Colo. — An Aspen police officer will not be charged with a crime in connection with a verbal altercation with a minor and he will be returning to the force, police say.
According to a release from the Aspen Police Department, the decision not to charge Officer Marcin Debski follows an internal investigation by Aspen police that was carried out in conjunction with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
The investigation cleared Debski of any criminal act stemming from the altercation, which happened March 20 at a bus stop near Pitkin County Health and Human Services, police said. The district attorney's office confirmed it would not file any charges.
In a redacted letter from 9th Judicial District Attorney Jeff Cheney to the CBI, he cited the fact that Debski never raised his voice and did not touch or threaten the minor in his decision not to file charges.
Debski will, however, be disciplined. Police said the officer will be placed on a corrective action plan in accordance with the City of Aspen's progressive discipline policy. Details about the corrective action were not released.
In a statement posted on Facebook Friday, Police Chief Richard Pryor commented, "Officer Debski is regretful, apologetic and disappointed in his own behavior, as are we. Compassion applies not only to how we must treat all members of our community, but in how we treat our staff when they make an error."
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