A Denver police officer will lose two days of pay for telling a woman who said she did not want to go on a second date that he bet she would be interested in him if he beat her.
The woman contacted the department’s internal affairs in May about the texts, according to a disciplinary letter obtained by The Denver Post through a records request.
She told investigators that she met Officer Christopher Cochran through a dating app in March and that they met up once on April 1. Cochran went to the date in his uniform and while he was on-duty, for which he received a written reprimand, according to the letter.
After the date, the two stopped texting. A few weeks later, Cochran started texting the woman again and the woman said she was not interested.
Cochran then responded in a text: “I’ll bet if I beat your ass on the regular, you’d be incapable of staying away from me.”
Cochran, who joined the department in 2017, told internal affairs investigators that the woman had confided in him that she had been in unhealthy relationships in the past and that he was trying to “indicate he was better than the previous men she had dated,” his disciplinary letter states. He said the text he sent was poorly worded.
“Though Officer Cochran indicated that he meant to suggest he was better than the men (the woman) had previously dated, the words he used proposed committing an assault and were unbecoming an officer,” Deputy Director of Public Safety Mary Dulacki wrote in the disciplinary letter.
Denver police officers are responsible for responding to tens of thousands of calls for domestic violence each year, department data shows. Ten Denver residents were killed last year in domestic violence homicides.
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