Wink-Barrentine police report offers details of May incident

District 3 councilmember says she does not remember event

Posted 8/27/18

In a May 7 event detailed in an Englewood Police Department report, Councilmember Cheryl Wink requested an extra police patrol near her home after Councilmember Laurett Barrentine yelled at her, Wink …

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Wink-Barrentine police report offers details of May incident

District 3 councilmember says she does not remember event

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In a May 7 event detailed in an Englewood Police Department report, Councilmember Cheryl Wink requested an extra police patrol near her home after Councilmember Laurett Barrentine yelled at her, Wink said, and followed her into a lobby from the city council meeting chambers.

According to the report:

Wink said that at an Englewood City Council meeting that night, she mentioned “concerns from citizens in the community” about Barrentine in a “special session meeting.” Barrentine became upset and yelled that no one had told her those things, Wink said. Barrentine followed her out of the meeting chambers into the second-floor lobby and continued to yell, she said. Wink said to the best of her knowledge, Barrentine “did not make any direct threats.”

Wink said she did not feel safe, though, and asked for extra patrols around her home during the night. An officer asked Wink what kind of car Barrentine has and drove around the area of Wink’s home to locate a matching vehicle, but didn’t find one. The officer then drove by Barrentine’s home and saw a matching vehicle there. The officer sent out an announcement to on-duty officers and requested they conduct extra patrols around Wink’s home throughout the night.

It’s an accurate report, Wink said Aug. 27.

“It’s a reflection of what happened that day in the council meeting and after the council meeting,” Wink said, adding, “It’s exactly what happened.”

The report was provided to the Englewood Herald by the police department after a records request.

At an Aug. 8 forum that discussed the current effort to recall her from office, Barrentine said a person in favor of the recall had been telling people a councilmember “had called the police on (her).” Barrentine said a “plethora of lies” was being told about her.

“They better start backing them up, or I’m gonna start seeking some other remedies,” Barrentine said at the forum.

In an Aug. 24 interview, Barrentine said she “wouldn’t do a thing” to hurt Wink or their relationship and that she didn’t recall the altercation.

“I don’t remember it at all,” Barrentine said. “I never was contacted by the police. The first time I knew about it was a week ago.”

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