Denver rejects settlement with security company contracted to provide guard charged in protest shooting

A private security company cited for hiring the unlicensed security guard charged with fatally shooting a man at a Denver protest in September will have to make its case for its city license to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses for a second time next month.

Executive Director Ashley Kilroy rejected a tentative settlement agreement that Pinkerton Consulting and Investigations Inc. and the city attorney’s office reached regarding its employer license last week, and the company is now scheduled for another show-cause hearing Feb. 3.

City officials have not disclosed the terms of the proposed settlement agreement.

Security guard Matthew Dolloff was contracted to provide private security for Denver TV station 9News during an October rally where he allegedly shot and killed Lee Keltner during an altercation. City officials have said Dolloff was not licensed to provide armed security.

9News had contracted Pinkerton to provide security services that day and Pinkerton subcontracted with Isborn Security, which sent Dolloff to the protest. 9News has said the station did not know Dolloff was armed. Denver police also cited the two security companies.

Pinkerton representatives will have to answer questions that will determine whether the company can keep its employer license and operate in Denver and whether it can apply for renewal as required annually.  The company is allowed to continue to operate until the issue is resolved, said Eric Escudero, department spokesman.

A hearing officer will then recommend potential penalties and it will be up to Kilroy to make the final determination. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the hearing will be conducted virtually.

All security guard employers and individual security guards have to abide by regulations set by the city and county of Denver, Escudero said.

All security guard companies in Denver are only allowed to operate with a valid security guard employer license and each security guard in Denver is required to have their own license as well as complete required training and an FBI background check. Additionally, if a security guard plans to carry a firearm or work while wearing plain clothes, that person must get an additional endorsement for the license as well as undergo review by the Denver Police Department.

Isborn Security also was cited for municipal violations related to the hiring of a contracted unlicensed guard and came to a settlement with the city earlier this month. The company surrendered its private security employer license for at least five years and cannot apply for another license under a new company.

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