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FOP Unanimously Votes "No Confidence" in Del. AG

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The Delaware Fraternal Order of Police unanimously voted no confidence in Attorney General Matt Denn. (Photo: WBOC) The Delaware Fraternal Order of Police unanimously voted no confidence in Attorney General Matt Denn. (Photo: WBOC)
Delaware Lt. Gov. Matt Denn (Photo: WBOC) Delaware Lt. Gov. Matt Denn (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- The Delaware Fraternal Order of Police issued a scathing statement this week about its unanimous no confidence vote in Attorney General Matt Denn.

The statement says the vote was brought about by what the FOP feels is "Mr. Denn's continued attacks against our members through the Delaware courts, as well as the court of public opinion."

It highlights one particular case out of Wilmington where a grand jury did not indict any officers for the shooting death of Jeremy McDole, who was in a wheelchair. Fred Calhoun, the president of the Delaware FOP, argues that the attorney general's job is finished once it is determined no charges are necessary.

Calhoun says Denn brought in two experts to analyze the case and issue opinions on whether or not charges would be necessary. He says even after both experts agreed that no indictment should have been necessary, Denn issued an opinion that Senior Cpl. Joseph Dellose exhibited "extraordinarily poor" police work in the September shooting and suggested that Dellose should not be allowed to carry a gun in public as a police officer.

He writes in the statement, "It is our belief that this can only be described as an act of cowardice on his part, whereby Mr. Denn felt that pandering for votes was far more important than just simply doing his job."

Calhoun noted other examples across Delaware, including the case out of Dover involving former Cpl. Thomas Webster. Webster was not indicted when former Attorney General Beau Biden brought the case to a grand jury. After Biden's death, Denn became the new attorney general. He elected to take the case to a second grand jury. That grand jury indicted Webster. During the trial that followed, Webster was acquitted of assault by a jury.

Calhoun equates that to a growing trend of mistrust and "inflammatory statements which only fan the fire of discord and have led to rioting and unrest." He says in the statement that police officers are in a far more dangerous environment than ever before.

WBOC reached out to Attorney General Matt Denn's office Thursday for comment. Carl Kanefsky, a Department of Justice spokesperson, chose to only respond to the part of the statement regarding the Wilmington death case. He said, in part, "Advocates from groups having a a variety of views of this incident have criticized the department's report for not conforming to their view of the event, but the Attorney General's responsibility is to address the facts objectively as he finds them after a thorough investigation.

Attorney General Matt Denn's statement, in full:
"The Department of Justice issued a 31-page report that concluded that criminal charges should not be brought against the officers involved in this incident, but that one of the officers had exercised extremely poor judgement that should be address by the Wilmington Police Department. Advocates from groups having a variety of views of this incident have criticized the Department's report for not conforming to their view of the event, but the Attorney General's responsibility is to address the facts objectively as he finds them after a thorough investigation."

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