|Loveland's Independent News Source
|Shaffer Retracts Public Accusations
Under Threat of Lawsuit
|On Jeremy C. MyersFrom: email@example.com
Received: Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015, 7:40
To: Mayor - Cecil Gutierrez ..........
CC: lynne, stacy [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: Defamation Per Se
Dear Ms. Shaffer,
Credibility and integrity are foundational characteristics
of an investigative journalist. On July 21, 2015, at the
publicly televised Loveland City Council meeting, you
engaged in behavior that is consistent with violations of
Colorado Revised Statute 18-13-105. Colorado is one
of the few states with a criminal defamation statute.
There are four elements of defamation per se in
Colorado; you have satisfied all four elements and the
evidence of your wrongdoing was recorded and
published via the City of Loveland.
You yelled out in the council chambers that you know
what slander is because it has been done to you. You
went on during your emotional tirade to say that I
slandered Chief Luke Hecker. You further stated that I
took Detective Brian Koopman's sworn statements out
of context. Slander is a crime. You accused me, in a
public forum, of committing a crime.
Perhaps when you ran for the office of councilor you
were not expecting to have such grave responsibilities
as currently face you with the Loveland Police
Department. You complained loudly that you had to
spend your time watching videos about an issue which
is critical to performing the duties of your position. You
may think it would be a lot more fun if you could just vote
on how to spend millions of taxpayer dollars for your
favorite projects instead of investing your time in careful
contemplation about the future of your city. However,
the responsibility rests fully on you to make proper
legal, ethical and moral decisions to protect the people
who voted you into office to perform exactly that duty.
That type of responsibility takes time.
Reporting the truth is never slander or libel. It may be
uncomfortable for you to hear such truths, but in no way
is your discomfort statutorily or lawfully protected.
My reputation for researching and reporting accurate
information is precisely why I have not been sued for
defamation (libel and slander). I do not speak or write
unless I have the evidence in my possession. The
seriousness of your defamatory statements at a
televised public meeting cannot be overstated
specifically because the nature of my profession
demands credibility, integrity, and most importantly, the
I propose the following remedy for your actions last
1. You will issue a public apology specifically stating
that you were mistaken in your claim that I slandered
Chief Luke Hecker.
2. You will issue a public apology specifically stating
that you were mistaken in your claim that I took
Detective Brian Koopman's sworn testimony out of
2. Your public apology will be written in the Loveland
3. Your public apology will be stated by you during the
August 4, 2015 Loveland City Council Meeting.
4. Your public apology will be written via email to my
email address so that I can post it on social media.
If you refuse to remedy your actions with the above
proposal, I will proceed with justifiable individual tort
claim against you.
|Loveland City Councilwoman
|Link to a 4 minute video clip of some of Lynne's
comments to Loveland's City Council, Shaffer's
response and later Shaffer's public retraction.
|August 13, 2015 Update
Lawsuit filed by Lynne