Veteran Denver Officers Fired for Lying

DENVER --

Two veteran Denver police officers have been fired by Denver's outgoing manager of safety after they were accused of lying about the events of a police chase.

CALL7 Investigator Tony Kovaleski said Denver Manager of Safety Mary Malatesta fired Officers David Torrez and Jose Palomares. They work out of District 4 in southwest Denver

The two were involved in a chase with a stolen vehicle, Kovaleski said.

"Both were accused of manipulating minor facts that led to their firing," said police union President Nick Rogers.

The officers have the right to appeal their firings.

Malatesta is Denver's third manager of safety in less than a year. The position is the civilian authority over the Denver police, fire and sheriff's departments.

Malatesta's last day was March 12.

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