Denver Police Officer Lied About Aurora Police Sergeant Trying to Ram Patrol Car, Internal Affairs Investigation Reveals

Newly released internal affairs documents have revealed that a Denver police officer, Suzanne Shaffer, lied about an incident involving an Aurora police sergeant in 2021. The internal investigation concluded in January 2024, and Shaffer resigned during the ongoing investigation in 2022.

According to the internal affairs report, Shaffer pulled over the Aurora police sergeant, identified as Moreland, in July 2021 for suspected driving under the influence. Shaffer claimed that Moreland had attempted to ram her patrol car, but the investigation later found this to be a lie. Moreland never drove his truck at Shaffer or made any attempt to hit her vehicle.

Shaffer’s false claim led to an increased sense of urgency, prompting other officers to respond quickly with lights and sirens activated. She also falsely stated that Moreland kept putting his hand in his right pocket. After leaving the scene, Moreland eventually returned to the gas station, where Shaffer and other officers arrested him.

During the arrest, Shaffer reiterated her false claim that Moreland had tried to ram her vehicle and threatened him with charges of attempted vehicular assault. However, Moreland was not charged with those offenses. Instead, he faced charges of obstructing a police officer, driving while under the influence, driving while ability impaired, and lane violations. Moreland pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired in September 2021, and the other charges were dismissed. He received 12 months of supervised probation and a $1,500 fine.

In December 2021, Moreland resigned from the Aurora Police Department in lieu of termination and filed an internal affairs complaint against Shaffer, alleging her untruthfulness during the arrest. Shaffer claimed that she misspoke when she said Moreland almost rammed her vehicle but could not explain why she misspoke multiple times. She also mentioned feeling unexpectedly vulnerable during the traffic stop due to a change in her personal circumstances.

The internal affairs investigation found that Shaffer allowed the traffic stop to spiral out of control. The investigation was temporarily paused while Shaffer was on family medical leave from February 2022 to June 2022. In June 2022, she requested an additional leave of absence, which was denied, and subsequently resigned.

Shaffer did not provide an interview to internal affairs until December 2022, and the allegation of untruthfulness was not sustained until January 2024. Neither Shaffer nor Moreland is currently employed by a Colorado law enforcement agency.

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1 Response

  1. This is absolutely appalling and infuriating! It is deeply disturbing to learn that a police officer, who is supposed to uphold the law and protect the public, would stoop so low as to lie about an incident. This kind of behavior erodes the trust between law enforcement and the community they serve. How can we have faith in the justice system when those who are meant to enforce it are engaging in deceit? This incident highlights the urgent need for accountability and transparency within our police departments. The actions of

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