Denver Mayor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Denver Police Detective

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Denver Mayor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Denver Police Detective

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

Caiden Bretz, Writer

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Denver’s Mayor, Michael Hancock, has recently been charged with sexual assault. Back in 2012, Hancock was caught sending unprofessional text messages to Denver police officer, Leslie Branch-Wise.

This text conversation occurred when Branch-Wise was a member of the mayor’s security detail. It only began getting attention when images of the messages were given to a reporter from a Denver TV station. A detective from the Denver Police Department provided the images and information of the sexual harassment.

Leslie Branch-Wise said she did not address the issue sooner because she felt she could not talk to anyone about it; however, the growing #MeToo movement inspired her to talk about it, she said. In an interview with KMGH-TV she said “She didn’t want to hide it anymore.” The interview was conducted after local media outlets received anonymous letters saying that she had been sexually harassed by Hancock.

In a response to Branch-Wise’s interview, Hancock said “I’m here to apologize for my own words from that time.” He responded with an apology in a Facebook video. He also apologized to Branch-Wise and others in the video. “I sincerely apologize to Detective Branch-Wise, to my wife and family and to the people of Denver.”

Now that all of the claims and information have been released, Branch-Wise hopes that an investigation will be opened, but the City Council has not made it clear that they intended to do so. She says she feels that by not opening an investigation the council is saying that “how she feels doesn’t matter.”

 

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