Police Arrest Stabbing Victims Cousin, Despite Evidence of Innocence

Northglenn Police have arrested 20 year old Jose Nunez for allegedly attacking his own cousin and roommate, 18 year old Juan Rodriguez. The arrest was made just hours after the discovery of Juan Rodriguez in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Northglenn; although the family of both the victim and alleged assailant have contended that there is no way Jose Nunez could have committed such a crime.

Christopher Drury, Juan Rodriguez’s stepfather, told Fox 31 news that, “They [Jose Nunez and Juan Rodriguez] grew up together. They love each other. They’d never harm each other. I want police to get their facts straight.” And that the “the two young men were jumped and stabbed by a group of five to six white males.”

Drury explained to the police that this must have been a case of mistaken identity, since Jose is more ‘light skinned’, but the Northglenn pigs claim that  they are “confident” that they “have the right guy.” Although Drury believes that this was a case of mistaken identity because of his ‘light skin’, could it be that it is the other way around? Nah, a person of color has never been falsely accused of murder. Although Northglenn Pigs are still “canvassing the area around the crime scene looking for witnesses,” they reassure the community that the right person has been arrested and that another person of color has been locked up, despite the obvious lack of evidence.

Denver Pigs Shoot Unarmed Man

Veteran Denver cops shot unarmed man

Posted: 09/29/2008 02:36:36 PM MDT

Updated: 03/29/2010 11:41:28 PM MDT
Police have identified two officers who shot an unarmed man in Denver last week.

Detective Joseph Hamel, a 13-year veteran of the force, and Officer Steven Letendre, who has been on the force for nine years, wounded 19-year-old Nicholas Loera in an apartment building in the 1300 block of Washington Street near St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Loera, 19, had an outstanding arrest warrant for a parole violation at the time of the shooting, according to Sonny Jackson, spokesman for the Denver Police Department.

Loera, who police first suspected was a serial criminal known as the “inside-out robber,” was shot multiple times at about 11:55 a.m. Wednesday after officers approached him near Washington Street and East Colfax Avenue.

Police said Loera threatened to shoot the officers and made a motion as though he was pulling a pistol when the two officers shot him multiple times. Loera, however, was not armed.

The day of the shooting, Loera was taken to Denver Health Medical Center in serious condition. Details on his condition were not available.  The shooting remains under investigation.

Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822 or knicholson@denverpost.com

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Trooper’s BAC level more than double legal limit

By Jace Larson


POSTED: 03/26/2010 04:02:01 PM MDT

UPDATED: 03/26/2010 04:06:07 PM MDT

David Dolan (Colorado State Patrol | )

The Colorado State Patrol trooper arrested in his patrol car on allegations he was drinking while on the job had a blood alcohol level of .194, according to an arrest record reviewed by 9Wants to Know.

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested David Dolan, 48, after pulling him over at Platte Canyon and C-470 around 7:05 a.m. Monday, shortly after a Douglas County deputy spotted his car driving westbound on C-470 at Santa Fe.

The deputy who pulled Dolan over said he could “smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the state patrol vehicle.”

Following his arrest, Dolan was brought to a sheriff’s office substation where he agreed to take a “walk and turn” test that helps officers determine whether someone is intoxicated.

“He was not able to keep his balance and stepped off the line two times,” the arresting officer wrote.

Dolan then chose to take a breath test and blew a .194, a level more than double the .08 legal limit.

Read the rest of this report at 9News.com.

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Another Pig Gets Away With Murder

No indictment in Weld Co. fatal police shooting

By Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post

POSTED: 03/22/2010 10:47:48 AM MDT

UPDATED: 03/22/2010 02:06:19 PM MDT

Matthew Herrera (family photo | funeral notice)

A Weld County Grand Jury investigating the fatal shooting of a man by a Platteville police officer, who fired his service weapon “approximately” 12 times, did not issue an indictment in the case.

Matthew Lucas Herrera, 30, of Platteville, was fatally shot Jan. 27 by officer Jim Torrez, according to a media release from the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.

The Weld County Coroner’s Office said Herrera died of “multiple” gunshot wounds and was likely hit by “10, or a portion of 10” bullets.

Deputy Coroner Chris Robillard said Herrera was hit multiple times, in various parts of his body from various angles, making it difficult to pin down exactly how many times he was shot.

Before the shooting, Platteville police had received information about a “suspicious vehicle,” including the vehicle license plate number. The plate was registered to Herrera, investigators said. Details on why his Chevrolet Camaro was considered suspicious were not released.

Another Platteville officer, Eli Rodriguez, had tried to pull over Herrera’s car at about 6:35 a.m. the day of the shooting and pursued it for two miles, but the driver didn’t stop, according to the district attorney’s office. Rodriguez ended his pursuit.

A short time later, at about 7 a.m., Torrez, out of uniform but in his marked patrol cruiser, arrived at Herrera’s home where he saw Herrera’s car pull into a “vacant” parking lot.

Torrez positioned his patrol car across the northern access to the lot to block Herrera’s car from leaving.

The release said Herrera drove his car in reverse, bumping into Torrez’s cruiser, before driving forward.

Torrez got out of his patrol car, drew his gun and ordered Herrera to get out of the car.

Instead, Herrera tried to drive off, but his tires were unable to gain traction on the icy lot surface and the Camaro tires spun out.

“Officer Torrez stated that he believed he was in danger of being hit by Herrera’s vehicle,” the release said.

“Officer Torrez fired approximately 11 rounds at Herrera while Herrera was in his vehicle,” the district attorney’s office said.

“Herrera got out of his car without showing his hands” and Torrez “fired at least one round that hit Herrera in the back and passed through a major blood vessel causing him to die from internal hemorrhaging.”

Herrera did not have a gun and no weapon was found in or near his car.

Platteville, with a population of about 2,400, has four patrol officers.

Gilbert Herrera said the day of the shooting that his son was hit six times in the barrage.

“As a result of the Grand Jury’s investigation, the Weld County District Attorney’s Office will not file criminal charges against Officer Torrez,” the release said. “Because no indictment was issued, confidentiality rules still apply to the Grand Jury’s discussions, findings and evidence review.”

Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822 or knicholson@denverpost.com.

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/crime/ci_14731200#ixzz0j20UDxeg

Booze+Bullets+Badge+Fast Car=FUN!

State trooper arrested on DUI charges in Douglas Co.

By Kieran Nicholson

The Denver Postfile:///
POSTED: 03/22/2010 08:07:02 AM MDT
UPDATED: 03/22/2010 12:23:59 PM MDT

David Dolan (Colorado State Patrol | )

A Colorado State Patrol trooper, in uniform and driving a marked patrol car, was pulled over this morning by sheriff’s deputies and arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving.

The incident happened at about 7 a.m. after the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received “multiple calls” reporting that a state patrol car was “driving erratically” on northbound I-25 near Castle Rock, the sheriff’s office said in a media release.

The trooper has been identified as 21-year-veteran David Dolan, assigned to a unit in Colorado Springs.

Response to the calls this morning was transferred to the State Patrol because it was on the interstate and involved a State Patrol cruiser.

But a short time later the State Patrol called sheriff’s dispatchers “asking for our assistance in locating the vehicle and checking on the welfare of the driver,” according to a media release from the sheriff’s office.

“Around 7:05 a.m., a Douglas County deputy spotted the vehicle on westbound C-470 at Santa Fe and was able to pull the vehicle over at Platte Canyon and C-470,” the release said. “After contacting the driver, who was confirmed to be a Colorado State Trooper in full uniform, he was taken into custody for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol.”

Dolan, 48, was handcuffed and taken to the Douglas County Jail where he was booked on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se, and prohibited use of weapons.

He has been placed on unpaid administrative leave by the patrol as the incident is investigated by the sheriff’s office. The state patrol is conducting a concurrent investigation as well.

“While any violation of law is serious, this alleged act is very concerning given the nature of the mission of the Colorado State Patrol,” Col. James Wolfinbarger, chief of the CSP, said in a statement. “We have a 75-year history of combating impaired and drunken driving and are deeply committed to eradicating this senseless crime on our roads.”

Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822 or knicholson@denverpost.com.

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I.C.E. Office Opens In Greeley Un-Announced

A new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office was opened in Greeley, CO. unannounced! The pigs who have been consistently harassing people of color in Greeley and around Weld County for years claim that the office was needed because of  ‘drug trafficking’ through Weld County, although as Roberto Romero from Al Frente in Greeley explained, there are no major drug trafficking highways that go through Weld County. The office was opened despite constant resistence from the local community, and was opened without announcement specifically because they thought that it would cause an already divided community to react and respond directly.

Since the inception of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, they have been  jailing and deporting  innocent persons. A countless number of families have been seperated by the ICE agency in Weld County alone. This office will only perpetuate the hatred against persons of color, as well as continue to imprison innocent individuals at the expense of their families.

Vent your anger! DA Ken Buck has been a huge supporter of ICE and the opening of new ICE offices in Colorado; with this office opened in Greeley and another scheduled to open in Colorado Springs, we ask that you tell Ken what you think!


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DA: Denver officers justified in shooting wanted man

By Howard Pankratz The Denver Post Posted: 03/17/2010 01:37:58 PM PM

Denver police were justified in firing multiple shots at Joseph Leo Fresquez because he attempted to run down an officer in a stolen car, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has concluded. Fresquez was hit multiple times when officers Steven Sloan and Paul Velasquez fired their weapons after Fresquez tried to run down Sloan about 5 p.m. March 7 in the vicinity of South Federal Boulevard and West Ellsworth Avenue, said a letter from Morrissey clearing the officers.

Howard Pankratz: 303-954-1939 or hpankratz@denverpost.com Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_14693368#ixzz0iT4IOlKB

Demonstrations of Denver po-lice’s knack for brutality


Teen bites cop. Cop saps teen. Teen sues cop. Denver cops should sap the sap.

By Jared Jacang Maher, Thursday, Oct. 2 2008 @ 6:58AM
Categories: News
What a sap…

A lawsuit filed by a teenager against the Denver Police Department could have an impact on officers’ use of an antiquated weapon.

Fourteen-year-old Anthony Fernandez alleges that he suffered serious spine and head injuries during an arrest in April when Officer Thomas Bogart struck him with a leather sap. Bogart used the sap, a flat piece of lead wrapped in a long leather casing, while being bitten in the arm by the teen.

Designed specifically to create incapacitating impact, saps are familiar to most people from Depression-era mobster movies and old detective novels depicting a time when the bludgeoning tool was used by thugs and cops alike. But those days are long gone nearly everywhere – except in the Mile High City.

Denver is the only major police department in the nation that still allows saps to be carried and used by officers. In an otherwise glowing report issued in June on the use of deadly force at the DPD, the Police Assessment Resource Center singled out the department’s failure to prohibit saps as a pressing concern. A sap causes “serious debilitating head injuries and routinely knocks subjects unconscious,” said the report, which also pointed out that cities like San Diego banned the use of saps by officers thirty years ago.

Thornton cops kill a man

Suspect dies after being shot by Thornton police

Posted: 03/10/2010 07:55:31 AM MST

Updated: 03/10/2010 09:08:27 AM MST

THORNTON — A man who allegedly broke into the Thornton home of his roommate, stole the roommate’s van and then returned to the residence minutes later was fatally shot by Thornton police early today.

Matt Barnes, spokesman for the Thornton Police Department, said the man returned to the home around 4 a.m., some 15 minutes after police originally received reports that the suspect broke into the home, trashed the interior and stole a van.

As the man approached two officers, he had his hand on a large knife and ignored repeated commands to “stop” and to “get on the ground.”

One of the officers fired a Taser at the man; the second officer fired his gun, according to Barnes. The suspect died a short time later at a local hospital.

Barnes said that he does not know how many shots were fired or whether the man had taken the knife out of a sheath and pointed it at the officers.

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

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3 More Po-lice In The Books!

Sergeant Kevin Edling, Sergeant Rich Coisman, and Detective Jason Mollendor (in order from left to right) have all been added to the database! If you recognize any of these officers, make sure to leave a comment on your interactions with them!