Greeley mayor slapped with restraining order
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) ” A judge has issued a temporary restraining order against Greeley Mayor Ed Clark after he was accused of throwing a 15-year-old boy to the ground when the boy refused to stop riding a motorbike.
The order requires Clark to stay at least 100 yards away from the boy. The boy’s father, Tim Stitt, said Clark forced the boy to the ground on Monday and then held him there until police arrived.
Police ticketed the boy for driving without a license.
The mayor told the Greeley Tribune he stopped the boy for his own safety and did not hurt him. He told the newspaper he will fight the restraining order during a July 7 hearing.
Clark is a former police officer who works as a security director at a charter school and recently took a part-time job as an investigator with the Weld County district attorney’s office.
Clark did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press Wednesday.
Stitt said Clark should be charged with assault.
Greeley police spokeswoman Joe Tymkowych said Wednesday the investigation was still under way. He said police have turned over some information to the district attorney’s office but had not made any recommendation on charges.
It was not immediately clear whether District Attorney Ken Buck would ask another prosecutor’s office to handle case now that Clark works for the Weld County office. Buck’s spokeswoman, Jennifer Finch, did not immediately return a call.
Stitt said his son and Clark have been at odds for weeks after his son had a dispute with the mayor’s wife, Erin Clark. Stitt said Ed Clark confronted his son at a basketball court and told him “bad things are going to happen” if he didn’t stop showing disrespect to Erin Clark.
Stitt said he was concerned for his son’s safety, citing Monday’s confrontation and an incident in September when Clark drew a gun on an 18-year-old man trying to drive away from a fight at the school where Clark works.
Clark told police it appeared the man might strike him with the vehicle. Clark was cleared of wrongdoing.
Stitt said he will ask a judge to make the restraining order permanent.
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