August 19, 2022

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Aurora Colorado Interim Police Chief Dan Oates Baggage and Controversy

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On April 20, the City of Aurora announced that Dan Oates, who led the APD from 2005 to 2014, would serve as interim chief during the search for a new hire to lead the department on a long-term basis. Aurora has been operating under a consent decree imposed on the Aurora Police Department by the Colorado Attorney General‘s Office over its documented pattern of racial bias; it’s also been engaging in considerable spin control since the firing of reform-minded police chief Vanessa Wilson.

That continued with its reintroduction of Oates, when Aurora officials focused on the role Oates played in the investigation of the 2012 shooting at the Century 16 theater that killed twelve people and injured seventy others. But Oates also brings plenty of baggage. On his watch, multiple incidents…

Michael Roberts

2022-04-21 08:23:00

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