Colorado Springs Police Sergeant disciplined for Facebook comments, Department posts details of investigation and apologizes

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Summary generated on August 10, 2020

    COLORADO SPRINGS- Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski apologized Monday, after the department completed an internal investigation of a CSPD Sergeant accused of posting inappropriate comments online.

    Chief Niski issued a statement on Monday, saying the department's investigation found that Facebook user "Steven Eric," was created by Colorado Springs Police Department Sergeant Keith Wrede.

    During an interview conducted as part of the internal investigation, Wrede noted he was upset by what he saw happening during protests in downtown Colorado Springs following the death of George Floyd.

    A Twitter account for "Colorado Springs Oversight," a 501C3 nonprofit, responded to CSPD's investigation and disciplinary decision on Monday afternoon.

    It has been found that the Facebook profile used to make those comments did in fact belong to Colorado Springs Police Department Sergeant Keith Wrede.

    Due to the inappropriate, unprofessional, and unacceptable nature of the comments, we immediately began an Internal Affairs investigation to determine if the comments were in fact made by Sergeant Wrede.

    Based on preliminary information in the early stages of the investigation, we believed Sergeant Wrede was the individual who made the comments.

    While I understand frustrations, Sergeant Wrede, just like our community members, are afforded due process whenever any type of investigation takes place.

    As mentioned earlier, public employees are entitled to due process under the law, and in any investigation, we do not release details as it is on-going.

    In the interest of transparency, we have provided the Internal Affairs investigation to our community, which can be found on our website.