A television news investigation suggests there were repeated examples of LGBT discrimination in the Colorado State Patrol.
According to reports from ABC News affiliate 7 News, in 2012 July an administrative law judge's 50 page report showed former CSP Captain Brett Williams was not rehired because he's gay. Williams left the force, but wanted to return three months later. He claims James Wolfinbarger, the head of the patrol, told him he was not required to take a polygraph test. That turned out not to be a true. During the test Williams was asked about a sexual encounter with a male masseuse. The judge's report states if the 'inappropriate question' wasn't asked, Williams would have been rehired.
In 2012 September, former intern Cory Cutting claimed a similar question kept him from being hired for a position in the CSP information analysis center. He allegedly had been encouraged to apply for employment, but during the polygraph was asked if he took a man back to his hotel room.
Finally, an unnamed motorist told the news organization he was stopped, for speeding, by a CSP officer. He was put in the back of the officer's car and saw the following on the trooper's computer screen: 'tagged another queer.' The motorist, who isn't gay, filed a complaint. The state patrol insists there was an investigation and the officer was punished. The CSP will not describe the punishment.
The Colorado State Patrol was under investigation, by a third party, from 2012 September to last month. In mid-January, Wolfinbarger left his position even though the investigation discovered no wrong doing in the department.
'The head of public safety and the Governor’s office felt there was need for change within the state patrol leadership and asked Wolfinbarger to retire,' the news station reports.
Presently the state investigation is not public, and 'both sides agreed not to talk about the early termination of Wolfinbarger’s contract or admit any wrongdoing.'