Denver cops are back to moonlighting at Chloe

More than three months after the Denver Police Department prohibited its officers from providing off-duty security at LoDo's Chloe nightclub and any other clubs associated with Denver's Lotus Concepts, the boys in blue are back on duty there.

In April, the Colorado Division of Civil Rights issued a probable-cause determination that Chloe had discriminated against club-goer Kandi Brown on August 5, 2011. Brown claimed that she and three friends were denied entrance into the popular late-night spot because they were black. According to Brown's report of the incident, the group dressed "upscale" and did not violate the company's formal dress code, but was still turned away at the door with the line "We cannot accommodate you right now." Without a reason why, they left — and noticed white customers entering the club "in jeans and sneakers" on their way out. For her part, Brown wore dress pants, heels, makeup and a "nice blouse." 

Lotus Concepts officials countered this report, arguing that while their employees have the "flexibility" to turn away whomever they choose, they do not base their decisions on race. In August, a Chloe door guard noticed that one of the men with Brown was not up to dress code, he says, citing his athletic shoes, but if he had been, "they would have been admitted on the night in question." According to the same Division of Civil Rights document, Lotus owner Francois Safieddine judges admission into his clubs based on "safety, image and profitability."

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The case drew the attention of the DPD, which has a rule that prohibits its officers from working as off-duty security in any venue accused of discrimination. As a result, Chief Robert White ended the DPD's relationship with the company. (Off-duty officers routinely provide security at several bars and nightclubs around town.)

But that changed last weekend, when six officers returned to the clubs after Lotus changed its dress-code policy; the Division of Civil Rights had specifically mandated in its ruling that the clubs enforce their dress codes consistently and post signs notifying visitors that the clubs' rules oppose discrimination.

Lotus general manager Brad Manske says the new policies will be unveiled in full on Lotus's website later this week, but they specify restrictions that previously could have been vague, he says. For example, a ban on wearing "sportswear" to Lotus clubs now highlights individual violations, including basketball shoes, running shoes and flip-flops. The full dress code will also be available at the door.

In light of these changes, Manske says the DPD agreed early last week to allow its officers to recommence off-duty work there. The reinstatement was approved on Monday, he says, and the first officer returned on Thursday. "We worked on some of our policies, really tried to tailor them and make them as clear as possible, and the department chose to reassign the officers," Manske says. "We're glad they're back."

The news was slow in reaching DPD officials, however; as recently as Friday — the day after the officers went back to work at Chloe — a public information officer told Westword that the ban was still in place. On Monday, however, DPD spokeswoman Raquel Lopez confirmed the news through the department's secondary-employment unit.

Last week, Chief White "met with the board and approved the change in information," she says.

The case may not be over quite yet, however, as the Civil Rights Division's decision requires that the two groups in the scuffle seek mediation — which has not worked out to date. A lawsuit is still possible.

 
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Who Cares
Who Cares

What a poor business decision. Why would any business want a bunch of gang thug jackals as bouncers? What a boneheaded move. All bars with DPD bouncers should have a sign saying so people can not do business with them. DPD is already overpaid and now they want more money. I bet if the entire force was drug tested 80% would fail. What do they do with all the money they make? Oh yeah the shoot people like Kyle Miller that have emotional difficulty. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57469380-504083/kyle-miller-colo-man-shot-and-killed-by-police-after-family-tells-911-his-gun-was-fake/

PhatChedd
PhatChedd

Horrible comment man. This happens way too much. ESPECIALLY at Suite Two Hundred too. Makes me sick. I am a Mexican-American, light skinned, and went dressed just fine with a group of black friends dressed appropriately. They went to let me in then saw my black friends and suddenly held us up in line...saying they were full we had to wait, only to never let us in. I understand that you have the right to refuse service to anyone when you own a business, but when you do so based on racism, it's wrong. Many times the "jackasses, troublemakers and dipshits" are the frat boy types anyway. A different time I went to Suite 200 and almost got jumped by a bunch of nicely dressed Russian "thugs" because one of their girlfriends kept talking to me. Establishments such as this one and Suite 200 are owned and operated by sad, racist losers with too much daddy money.

MMJ Classifieds
MMJ Classifieds

Nope. Just jackasses, thugs, troublemakers and dipshits. Sorry, I don't want you in my establishment. You're discriminating! Yes I am. Go away. Stereotypes == Timesaver.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Don't be a hater ... it doesn't make you any greater. hth.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

DPD = violent knuckle-dragging Neanderthal scum

MMJ Classifieds
MMJ Classifieds

"The case drew the attention of the DPD, which has a rule that prohibits its officers from working as off-duty security in any venue accused of discrimination." If they were written up by the 'Civil Rights Division', then they are not free to reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. Especially if all it takes is an accusation...

baja bad boy
baja bad boy

Simply PIG talk. To much schwine in the world no how.

Chal
Chal

Then don't patronize such an establishment.  Take your money elsewhere.

anon
anon

Err.. are you sure it wasn't because you rolled deep with sausage and no chicks?  Come on brah if I were the bouncer and I saw a bunch of dudes, regardless of the color of their skin with no girls I wouldn't let yo punk ass in either. 

 
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