Internal investigation into vulgar, racial messages from Georgetown police officer's cell phone

Man accidentally texts cop, receives vulgar reply

GEORGETOWN, Colo. - A Georgetown police officer is under investigation for a vulgar and racial text message and voicemail sent from his personal cell phone number.

A man, who did not want to be identified, received the messages on Saturday night after a vulgar message he meant to send to a friend, went to the officer's cell phone instead.

Text: The text message he sent said, "You are a f------ liar. Go f--- yourself. C-------er."

"We call each other liars and that's virtually an 'I Love You' in our relationship," said the man.

He didn't realize he sent it to the wrong number until he received the following text from a cell phone belonging to a Georgetown police officer.

Text: "F--- you. I don't even know who u are. So eat a giant N----- d---."

That's when the man said he realized he had not sent the initial text to his friend.

"Just alphabetically on my phone, it was just one click away and I goofed it," said the man.

He said he had the officer's cell phone number because he previously called police for assistance.

"He had actually called me from his own personal phone and then told me if I needed any more assistance that I could use it, that I could go ahead and call him back, which I never needed to," said the man.

Minutes later, his phone rang.

"I didn't answer it. I was kind of scared. I was like, 'Well, you can't undo that,'" said the man. "I was left a voice message that was equally as unpleasant."

He played the voicemail for 7NEWS.

Voicemail: "I don't even know who the f--- this is, but quit sending me f------ texts. I don't know who the f--- it is. Go eat a d---, N----- motherf------ lover."

"I don't think anyone should be using that word, first of all. Definitely not a cop and definitely not a cop to a stranger," said the man.

"Why not text back, 'Oops, sorry, didn't mean to text you that?'" asked Zelinger.

"Well, it was already done. He had already gone off the handle with returning that," said the man. "I just wanted to leave it alone."

"My initial reaction is, I wasn't happy with what I saw," said Georgetown Police Chief George Weidler. "We have a code of conduct and a code of ethics that applies both on duty and off duty, just as any other department does."

7NEWS reached out to the officer, but he did not return our calls. We tried him at work, but he was out until Monday. The chief answered our call and wasted no time taking action.

"Even though this was an off-duty incident with an officer using his own personal phone that he pays for, after I received the information from you, I immediately opened up an investigation on it," said Weidler. "I expect my officers to apply a higher standard, even if they're off duty."

The man did not report the messages to Georgetown Police, concerned a department of three might not investigate its own.

"He can feel confident that I'll have another agency look into it, so he's not thinking that it's a small town agency looking after itself," said Weidler. "If disciplinary action needs to be taken, it will be taken."

He said he's already contacted the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office to investigate this if requested. He said the internal investigation could include talking with the officer, getting a written statement from both sides and checking the officer's cell phone if he allows it to be examined.

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