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.

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