(by F. Peter Brown, WCJ) -- Some students from a Colorado high school cheered and chanted “hit him again” after some cops were struck by a car, according to the Denver police union.
Of the four police officers, one was critically injured and three were treated and released.
The Denver Police Protective Association said in a statement:
“These actions are not only reprehensible but quite possibly the most disturbing thing this Association has ever heard. The Denver Police Protective Association recognizes all citizens’ rights to the First Amendment and the right to assemble lawfully. We do not recognize groups that continually ignore the law and expect the police to protect them while they break the law.”
The police say that the collision happened when the driver of the car had a “medical episode.”
John Adsit, the critically injured officer, is a nine-year veteran of the police force. He underwent surgery at Denver Health Medical Center on Wednesday and faces additional surgeries.
The Denver Public Schools issued this statement in “response to claims of inappropriate behavior by students following the accident involving Denver police officers”:
“We have no knowledge of the alleged comments. We would deplore any such comments and will look into the allegation, and would welcome any evidence that would assist us in an investigation. All afternoon yesterday and all day today, students at East expressed their deep concern for Officer Adsit and his family and their appreciation for the police assistance in ensuring student safety during the march. In a very moving moment, student leaders at East today presented … Chief … White with flowers to give on their behalf to the officer and his family. We are deeply grateful for the work of our police force in keeping our students safe over the past two days, and our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Adsit in hopes of a full recovery. We have conveyed very strongly to our students the importance of all our students conducting themselves in a respectful and thoughtful manner and are examining certain instances over the last two days where our students did not do so.”