A 23-year-old man who was beaten by three Denver police officers after he questioned their authority to search the trunk of his car says the Justice Department has decided not to charge any of the officers with civil-rights violations stemming from the case. Alexander Landau tells The Denver Post that representatives of the department and the FBI told him Friday there was insufficient evidence to bring federal charges.
A Denver police commander who used an official badge to access secure airport areas and board flights without going through TSA screening was slapped with a fine of 'two days pay'. This is insane considering what would happen to you or I if we pulled a stunt like this.
Denver officials are deeply divided over the proper level of punishment for a police officer who was seen on video tackling and beating a 23-year-old man who was doing nothing but talking on a telephone outside a LoDo nightclub.
The video of Officer Devin Sparks repeatedly hitting Michael DeHerrera of Denver with a department-issued piece of metal wrapped in leather, picking him up roughly and slamming a car door on his ankle has prompted Independent Monitor Richard Rosenthal to push for the firing of Sparks and Corporal Randy Murr.
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"But witnesses recount a different story and say they had filmed footage of up to nine deputies incessantly beating Silva with batons."
"Witnesses said that authorities intimidated and threatened them, telling them they couldn’t leave their houses until they turned over their phones to officers."
"Melissa Quair shot the video on her the phone and had a feeling that the video would be missing after police seized it.
"We all saw the video and even some officers, it’s sad that it’s no longer there,” she said."