Police Lt. Charles DeShazer made this statement while at a crime scene: “We got the Alabama porch monkeys all contained.” DeShazer’s statement was captured on police body cam and reported by two APD supervisors who were also at the scene and heard the comment. An internal affairs investigation was launched. After the investigation, Aurora Police Chief Nicholas Metz fired Lt. DeShazer.
DeShazer appealed his firing to the Aurora Civil Service Commission. On June 29 the commission reinstated DeShazer. The commission was aware DeShazer had previously been “written up at least three times before, including once for making sexually offensive comments.” It’s worth reading the Heavy profile on DeShazer to help you understand just how well known it was that DeShazer is a virulent racist. It’s also worth looking at the race of the members of the committee who chose to reinstate DeShazer and especially the one committee member who recused herself from the vote.
Chief Metz was rightly upset by the committee’s ruling and, to his credit, he’s determined to keep DeShazer off the streets. He made the following statement: “The Department is in the process of returning Sgt. DeShazer back to work. He will first be assigned to the APD Academy to ensure he is in compliance with all POST certification requirements. His final assignment has yet to be determined. It is within my authority to set his assignment. I can assure the community that Sgt. DeShazer will not be in a supervisory or citizen-facing role”
This is a perfect example of the practical effect of white supremacy and how it can overrule even a police chief’s judgment on who he wants on his force. I admire the chief’s determination to limit the damage this cop can do to the public.