Cop fired for beating outside the Denver Diner writes scathing letter bout Denver Police Department

DENVER - One of two Denver police officers fired for lying about a high-profile beating outside the Denver Diner wrote a scathing letter saying his departure means he "will no longer have to bear the shame of telling people I am a Denver police officer."

"I cannot in good-faith continue to work for a Department that allows its senior chain of command to be so vindictive and self-center (sic) as to use its officers as a political stepping-stone for advancement," Kevin Devine wrote in the letter to Chief Robert White seeking vested retirement.

The letter was dated Sept. 27, the same day White announced he had signed letters firing Devine and Ricky Nixon in connection with the July 2009 incident. Surveillance cameras captured them beating and pepper-spraying a group of women outside the diner.

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