Berthoud town meeting gives no details about probe of police department

From The Denver Post:  BERTHOUD — It was supposed to be a two-hour public meeting during which information concerning an investigation into the Berthoud Police department would be revealed. Instead, the meeting took no more than 45 minutes and residents left disappointed and angry.

Citizens were told that, on Sept. 25, town officials received an email accusing a Berthoud police officer of domestic abuse. Shortly after, the Berthoud police chief was informed Loveland police were investigating the officer on those abuse allegations, according to the Berthoud city attorney.

The officer was placed on leave by Chief Glenn Johnson. Soon after, while Johnson was on vacation, his computers were seized by Loveland police. But no additional details were revealed about the allegations that sparked an investigation of Johnson and one of his officers by the Loveland police and the Larimer County District Attorney.

The emergency meeting ended without any comment being allowed from the public, which greatly enraged many who had brought their prepared questions to the standing-room-only emergency session.

“It was a complete waste of time,” said Amber Davis, who has lived in Berthoud for six years. “How can they say they’re being completely transparent and then not let anyone ask any questions at all?”

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