DENVER MAYOR HANCOCK, RESIGN NOW. SEXUAL HARASSMENT, ABUSE OF POWER, IS NOT OK.
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TIMES UP HANCOCK!!
Sexual harassment & abuse of power will not be tolerated at any level.
TELL DENVER MAYOR HANCOCK TO RESIGN & CITY TO INVESTIGATE
THE DETAILS: On February 27, 2018, Mayor Michael Hancock, the powerful, Mayor of Denver, admitted that he sent "inappropriate" texts to an employee, a female police officer, Leslie Branch-Wise. She worked as a member of his personal security detail. Hancock was her Boss.
SEE NEWS VIDEO: https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/investigations/denver-mayor-michael-hancock-apologizes-after-police-detective-accuses-him-of-sexual-harassment
"YOU MAKE IT HARD ON A BROTHA": A sample of the texts: He asked her if she had ever "taken a pole-dancing course before?" He warned her, "Be careful! I'm curious." Also, "Just giving you a hard time. I have to keep you balanced. All I hear from my friends is how fine you are.” And, "You look sexy in all that black..." and, “You made it hard on a brotha to keep it correct every day.”
HE MADE HER SICK: She claimed that his unsolicited texts made her "sick to her stomach" and that they were "scary." She said that it was sexual harassment. She said she didn't know who to turn to since he was her boss. She transferred to another detail to escape the harassment.
VICTIM BLAMING: Hancock tried to make less of his offenses by doing some victim blaming, saying he thought that they were "friends." He gave this explanation: " I blurred the lines between being a friend and being a boss" and that she didn't tell him, and he didn't know that they "contributed to her pain."
DENIES THAT OBSCENE TEXTS WERE HARASSMENT: Hancock offered a belated apology to his victim, as if that would take him off the hook, and surprised everyone when he claimed that his texts did not constitute sexual harassment. His assertion seems out of line with Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964 and The City and County of Denver's own policies.
DOUBLE STANDARD?: If he were any other city employee he would have been fired. In Denver there is no explicit process to follow when your tormentor is your boss or an elected politician! Coincidence?
PROSTITUTES? Hancock reportedly has unresolved past links to stories alleging sexually inappropriate behavior — most notably involving the Denver Players/Denver Sugar prostitution ring.
HOT POTATO? Politicians, bureaucrats, elected officials, Denver City Council people, the Governor, newspapers, mayoral appointees... perhaps fearing the wrath of Hancock ... are sealing their lips and running for cover.
Are they hoping that this "hot potato" will go away!
_________________________________________________________________________TIP HOT LINE: Do you have a HOT TIP or a story to share about sex harassment or abuse in Denver government? EMAIL local, award winning, investigative journalist Julie Hayden: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE WILL NOT LET IT "GO AWAY" BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP:
PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION:
1. TELL DENVER MAYOR MICHAEL HANCOCK TO RESIGN NOW...AND
2. CALL ON DENVER CITY COUNCIL TO FUND AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION, RETALIATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE HANCOCK ADMINISTRATION.
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