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Denver Po-lice Use Family DNA to ID Suspects!

In 2008 the Denver Police Department, led by District Attourney Mitch Morrissey, convicted a young man of allegedly breaking into a car and stealing $1.40 in change; they charged him through matching a drop of blood found at the crime scene with persons in an already established database of convicts. This technique known as “familial DNA searches” essentially convicting persons through ‘guilt by association’, if a person in your family has been charged with some crime, and was added to this database, you could be suspect and even convicted.

According to Erin Murphy, a law professor at the University of California Berkeley, this  ‘familial DNA’ search process “makes absolutely no sense. Other than the misfortune of having a relative that has gotten in trouble, there’s no distinction in their likelihood of having committed a crime.”

AP Press commented that, “U.S. authorities are conducting blind searches of databases for suspects unknown to police.”

This ‘familial DNA’ process is only used in 2 states, Colorado and California; although  it has been banned in Maryland for obvious reasons. This process is clearly destructive, and provides no evidence to support its own allegations. Not only should we be upset that they are conducting these DNA searches to convict relatives of persons who fell under the arm of the law; but also that they are wasting what’s sure to be, a whole lot of tax-payer money on ridiculous searches to convict a poor kid who allegedly stole $1.40 IN CHANGE! Not only is this a misuse of valuable resources, but these pigs are dumping money into a clearly flawed system that public officials, like District Attorney Mitch Morrissey, are backing.

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AP Press Article

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New Video!!!

2 police officers at a local Copwatch residence, one refusing to give up his card and simply walking away; the other gathering intel

Check out all our other videos here!

And Another One…

Another po-lice officer added to the database! Corporal Victor Baca, add comments if you have any, you can check him out here! Or just click the ‘police database’ tab at the top! He’s in District 1.

New Video From Cap Hill!

This is the first video from West Denver Copwatch at Cap Hill! The video shows a couple of stops where the po-lice refused to give up their cards, although they’re legally obligated to do so.  You can check them out here:

Of course don’t forget to check out our other videos here or just follow the tab at the top!

Denver Deputy Fired after Probe of Inmate’s “Alleged Assault”

Denver deputy fired after probe of inmate’s alleged assault

A Denver sheriff’s deputy was fired after supervisors determined he shoved an inmate into a wall, slammed the inmate’s head into a sharp corner and cut him, then kicked the man in the face while he was kneeling and handcuffed.

Deputy Safety Manager Mary Mala testa fired Steven Koehler as of Dec. 12 for a series of alleged assaults March 22 on inmate Robert Duran, according to documents released Thursday by Denver’s Career Service Hearing Office.

The dismissal notice said Koehler was careless in performance of his duties, failed to follow rules and lied to supervisors or falsified documents.

The alleged assaults on Duran, 43, who was arrested March 22 on two counts of assault, were partially witnessed by two other deputies, and part was captured on video at the Denver City Jail. Koehler was placed on paid administrative leave shortly after the incident.

On the day of the alleged incidents, Koehler was assigned to the elevator in a shift that went until midnight.

According to documents filed in the case, video shows that Koehler pushed Duran into the elevator on the second floor with enough force that the inmate slammed into the back of the elevator, already occupied by three other inmates. The video itself has not yet been made public.

According to his termination notice, video shows that Duran put his hands in the air in a surrendering gesture and that Koehler quickly entered the elevator, grabbed Duran by the “head area” and forced his head into the sharp edge of a window in the sally port, cutting Duran’s head open.

Duran was taken to a hospital, where he received stitches for his injuries, according to the report.

Kirk Mitchell: 303-954-1206 or kmitchell@denverpost.com

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14337958#ixzz0ehSNiI87

Commerce City Cop Shoots Dog

Commerce City family outraged when cops shoot their dog

Zoey was a mutt adopted from an animal shelter in 2003.  

She had never bitten anyone, her owners said, although she’d always bark at visitors who came to their 10-acre property in Commerce City.  About 3 p.m., Wednesday, Zoey was shot dead by a Commerce City police officer.

Julia and Frank Agazio say what happened was inexcusable.

The Commerce City police say the officer did the only thing she could, shoot a “vicious dog” who threatened her.  An investigation into the incident is on-going.

Mr. Agazio accidentally hit a pre-programmed 911 button.  When he did, the Commerce City Police called back to find out if everything was OK. He told them everything was fine.  Commerce City police decided to send an officer to the residence to make sure – without telling the Agazios they would soon be there.

The Commercity Police spokesman said the female officer – who he declined to identify by name or length of service – walked through an open gate on the Agazio driveway, said Dickey.  There, said Dickey, she was confronted by “three, large vicious dogs.”  Dickey said the officer shot Zoey as the dog attempted to attack her.

The officer is still on duty and is still carrying her weapon. The shooting is not the same as where an officer shoots a human and is placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

The Agazios tell a different version of events.  They claim that moments before the shooting, Zoey, along with the other two dogs, were on a porch being fed biscuits by Frank’s 82-year-old father.

When the officer approached, Zoey, who has always acted as the couple’s watchdog, apparently heard the officer and started barking at her as she always did at visitors.  The Agazios said the officer had walked at least 40 yards on to their property when she pulled the trigger once. The shot struck Zoey in the chest.  At the time she was shot, the Agazios said Zoey was 10 feet away from the officer.

The Agazios say they wish that the female officer, if she was concerned about the dog, would have called the police dispatcher and had the Agazios restrain their pet. And they wonder why the officer didn’t use a Taser or pepper spray.

“We receive constant deliveries from UPS, Fed Ex, the mail man and other various delivery services and none of these people have ever been attacked by our ‘vicious’ dogs,” said Julia Agazio.

“Her first interaction with those who are meant to serve and protect ended up with them murdering her dog right in front of her,” said Maria’s mother. “No longer is Zoey on her little rug at the front door where she lay for the last seven years.”

Howard Pankratz: 303-954-1939 or hpankratz@denverpost.com

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_14342260#ixzz0ehQLU8yE