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Brighton police may have turned blind eye to stalking, violence

A well-known Brighton, Colorado, firefighter accused of stalking and abusing his ex-wife may be in hot water for violating a no-contact order. And now the Brighton police are under the microscope, too, for allegedly turning a blind eye to the domestic violence.

The man was reportedly charged with sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence, among other charges, in May. Police had apparently been called to the couple's home several times in 2010 and 2011. According to reports, the Boulder County district attorney is checking into claims that police knew about the domestic abuse but gave him special treatment and did nothing about it until the charges were filed in May.

As part of the charges, a judge issued a no-contact order, according to KWGN. The order apparently mandated that the firefighter have no direct contact with his estranged spouse. He was not allowed to contact her through third parties, either.

However, early last month, a friend of his ex apparently called police because she noticed a friend of her husband's, also a firefighter, following their car. KWGN apparently examined tapes of 911 calls that day. The husband's friend apparently attempted to explain why he was there, telling a 911 operator that the man's father asked him to check on the house, but the father later denied he said that.

As for the alleged cover-up by police, the woman's friend says that many people in the department knew what was going on, but did nothing. A police spokesperson denies the allegations.

Source: KWGN, "Brighton firefighter may have violated contact order," Justin Joseph, 11 July 2011

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