“He’s a little intoxicated,” are revealing words spoken on a body camera by Aurora Police Officer Eugene VanDyk, in reference to fellow officer Nathan Meier.
VanDyk was one of four officers whose bodycam footage was released to the FOX31 Problem Solvers Monday morning following a public records request by investigative reporter Rob Low.
Even though nine officers responded to the scene March 29, when Officer Nathan Meier was found passed out in his car, Aurora Police insist only four officers were equipped with body cameras that had been turned on.
Deputy Chief Paul O’Keefe was the first responding officer, but because he had just gotten off duty and was heading home, he was not wearing his assigned body camera. He can be seen saying on one bodycam that he removed Officer Meier’s gun and taser and placed both in his personal car.
Police reports would later show O’Keefe admitted he smelled a faint odor of alcohol at the time but not enough in his opinion to seek a warrant for a blood draw. Meier would later share his hospital records with Internal Affairs knowing the blood alcohol results could not be used against him in a criminal case.
O’Keefe was one of three Aurora Police officers who admitted smelling alcohol on Meier, yet Meier was never investigated for a possible DUI. That decision has drawn outrage across the metro area with accusations police protected one of their own from possible criminal charges.
18th Judicial District Attorney George Braucher told FOX31 he will now take a look at the evidence in a case that was never brought to him nearly nine months ago when it happened. “We reached out to the Aurora Police Department. They’ve been very cooperative and forthcoming in providing us the information that they had generated based on their contact with officer Meier,” Braucher said.