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Polis Campaign Forced to Explain Police Report Saying He Shoved Older Woman

The campaign insists it's a partisan hit job, but one editorial board also called out media for "pass[ing]" on the woman's complaint.

By NTK Staff | 09.28.2018 @11:00am
Polis Campaign Forced to Explain Police Report Saying He Shoved Older Woman

The gubernatorial campaign of Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) is under fire this week after the Washington Free Beacon unearthed a 1999 police report saying Polis “pushed” a female employee in an altercation.

The key paragraph in the police report, highlighted by the Beacon, covers what happened when Patricia Hughes, an employee of Polis – then known as Jared Polis Schutz – tried to leave with what Polis deemed sensitive documents.

“Hughes then tried to leave and Schutz did not let her leave. Hughes said that he grabbed her and pushed her back into the office. Hughes said that when Schutz pushed her she was pushed back into a file cabinet, hurting her leg. Hughes said that she then said that she was going to call 911 and went to the phone. Hughes said that she tried calling 911 three times and twice Schutz hung the phone up. The third time Hughes got through,” according to Hughes’s interview with police.

Polis offered a different description of the exchange.

“After hanging up with the dispatcher, Ms. Hughes attempted to leave the office. Mr. Schutz physically blocked the door to prevent her from leaving. She moved toward him again, this time hitting him with one of her bags. Mr. Schutz then put both of his hands on her shoulders and pushed her back to prevent her from leaving,” according to the report filed by the officer who interviewed Polis.

The officer who interviewed Polis noted that Hughes had bruise marks and a welt, which the woman claimed were from Polis pushing her.

Polis’s campaign insisted he “was the victim of a crime” – that is, stealing documents owned by Polis’s company.

“Jared Polis was the victim of a crime, was the person who called the police and was found to have done nothing wrong,” said Polis campaign chairwoman Lisa Kaufmann. “Shame on Walker Stapleton for trying to exploit that.”

But an editorial in The Gazette published Thursday accused the media of “giv[ing] Polis an unusual pass on the violent elements of the police report.”

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