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Response to Media Inquiry

Waylon Lolotai first applied to be a police officer with the City of Boulder in 2015. At that time, he was told that he could not be considered for employment with the Boulder Police Department due to a Denver Sheriff’s Department active internal affairs investigation.

Waylon Lolotai was one of several deputies named in a complaint filed by an inmate at the Denver Detention Center alleging excessive force. The date of the incident was December 18, 2014.

In 2016, the Boulder Police Department conducted an extensive background check on Waylon Lolotai, which included a thorough review of the unredacted internal affairs investigation file by a commander with significant experience investigating internal affairs. Background investigators also viewed a letter from the Denver Sheriff’s Department to the complainant that stated his allegation was not sustained.

Waylon Lolotai’s start date with the City of Boulder was on July 4, 2016.

The City of Boulder does not hire police officers who have any sustained use of force allegations. Any assertion that the Boulder Police Department directs officers to resign before they can be found guilty of a use of force allegation in order to be hired by the City of Boulder is absurd and completely inaccurate. 

Waylon Lolotai is currently on regular duty.