GLENDALE- The police shooting that took the life of John Pacheaco Jr. on Halloween night prompted a jokey social media post by one of the officers who killed him that has elicited an apology from the Glendale Police Department — and that’s hardly the only controversial part of the story.
Note that the officers who gunned down Pacheaco are members of the GPD, yet the incident took place in Denver, whose police department is now in charge of investigating what happened. The Glendale officers also fired into a moving vehicle — a tactic that is widely derided by police experts and was banned by the DPD after a fatality that sparked widespread protests and a huge settlement.
Moreover, there’s no GPD video of the shooting because the Glendale department’s officers don’t wear body cameras and their cruisers lack video recording devices.
Michael Roberts for Westword