Aurora’s top cop commanded Brooklyn patrols
AURORA, Colo. — Dan Oates is an articulate, straightforward man who, before taking command of police in Colorado’s third largest city, oversaw 3,000 patrol officers in Brooklyn.
As Aurora’s police chief, he is passionate about his community — and his officers.
“You think we’re angry? We sure as hell are angry,” Oates said in describing the threat to the people of Aurora and his colleagues at the apartment of the suspected gunman in Friday’s movie theater shooting. The apartment had been rigged with booby traps to kill a police officer who might have opened the door.
It was a rare public show of emotion for Oates — and a reflection of his city’s pain after 12 people were killed and 58 wounded during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie at a busy cinema.