POLICE KILLINGS, GUN CONTROL, AND THE TYPICAL BULLSHIT

The Denver Post has an article today that claims 511 police officers have been killed by firearms since 2000.   Unfortunately there is no statistics regarding how many innocent souls the police have killed since 2000.  Even more unfortunate is that these statistics seem damn near impossible to find.  Hell, we are struggling to even figure out the exacts statistics of Denver law enforcement agency killings.

Marvin Bookler slain by Denver Sherif Deputies on July 9, 2010

The article seems to have an undertone that guns are the problems.  It also makes clear that whenever violence goes up the latter of hierarchy, rather than the natural downward trend, i.e. cops killing poor people of color, it is a big fucking deal.

Now, I think it is safe to say that as long as pigs have guns and the state violently infringes on our rights, it is essential that the people are also armed.  This is not to say that communities that face the brunt of gun violence are not capable of making their own decisions regarding gun control, however it is a hell of a lot easier for the police to harass, intimidate, oppress, and murder when communities don’t have armed protection.  Lets think back here.  Gun control exists because former Governor Ronald Regan enacted laws limiting the accessibility of guns for black people in the hood, specifically the Black Panthers.  He did this, because like always, the biggest threat to the system is oppressed people organizing, becoming self reliant, and arming themselves.  So instead of giving a shit about 500 dead ass cops in ten years, lets talk some real shit.

Pigs with guns

Fuck the Police…and the Feds too

In the wake of the uproar experienced as a result of Denver Police officers excessive force misconduct, Boss Hick announced that he would bring in the FBI to review the police actions in the Michael DeHerrera and Shawn Johnson beat down(s).  Not surprisingly, the Feds have done nothing.  The Denver Post is reporting that, “Dave Joly, a spokesman for the FBI in Denver, said the investigation was halted to give Denver police a chance to complete their own review to decide if officers violated department policies.”  Of course this is not a surprise; nonetheless we must continue the pressure on a multi-pronged approach.

We all know that the Internal Affairs Bureau will do nothing, nor will the Ineffectual Independent Monitor, nor will the Fucking FBI.  These realities further demonstrate that the system is created to maintain itself, not to be just.  Throughout this country we rely on the same system that beats us, imprisons us, neglects us, murders us, and oppresses us, to then save us.  Shit is fucked.

 

SOME FUCKED UP STATS

WDCW has been attempting to document the widespread abuses by the Denver Police Department.  Such a task entails more work than we even thought.   Below is a sample of our research thus far.  Now, the list is incomplete.  These are only instances in which a lawsuit has been filed.  As the people know, more often than not police abuses go unreported.  We can assume that instances of police brutality and a lack of reporting can be compared to the high rate of rapes that go unreported.  The correlations are shocking:  fear, trauma, societal negligence are just some possible reasons.

We will continue to post updates on the list, and in time a more complete list will be complied with information regarding each instance.  We invite anyone to assist us.   Again these are just instances of excessive force by Denver law enforcement agencies in the last three years that have resulted in a lawsuit.

Note: (Estate of) means that the person was killed.

The following are excessive force cases filed against Denver law enforcement in the District of Colorado in the past three years.  Meaning these are only instances of brutality, no misconduct, harassment, rather straight up exclusively beat down cases:

1.    Smith v. City and County of Denver, Civil Action No. 07-cv-00154-WDM-BNB

2.    Sample v. Whitman, Civil Action No. 07-cv-01212-BNB

3.     Brown v. Whitman, Civil Action No. 07-cv-01474-PAB-BNB,

4.     The Estate of Emily Rice v. The City and County of Denver et al., Civil Action No. 07-cv-  01571-MSK-BNB, et al.,

5.     Armstrong v. Swanson, Civil Action No. 08-cv-00194-MSK-MEH

6.     Burkhart v. City and County of Denver et al, Civil Action No. 08-cv-01247-ZLW

7.     Fernandez v. Bogert, Civil Action No. 08-cv-01475-REB-MJW

8.     Estate of Rossiter v. Robinson, Civil Action No. 08-cv-01661-LTB-KLM

9.     Estate of Santistevan v. The City & County of Denver, Civil Action No. 08-cv-01669-        REB-MJW

10.   Marotta v. Cortez, Civil Action No. 08-cv-02421-CMA-CBS

11.    David Kraus v. Vickie Ferrari, Civil Action No. 08-cv-02808-WDM-BNB

12.    Taylor v. City and County of Denver, Civil Action No. 09-cv-00332-PAB -CBS

13.     Lynch v. Barrett, Civil Action No. 09-cv-00405-JLK-MEH

14.     Russell v. Pfannkuch, Civil Action No. 09-cv-00549-ZLW-MEH

15.     Schuett v. City and County of Denver, Colorado, Civil Action No. 09-cv-00837-RPM

16.     Heaney v. Costigan, Civil Action No. 09-cv-01006-MSK-BNB

17.    Graber v. City and County of Denver, Civil Action No. 09-cv-01029-JLK-MJW

18.    Valencia v. City and County of Denver, Colorado, Civil Action No. 09-cv-01130-DME-CBS

19.    Rose v. City and County of Denver, Civil Action No. 09-cv-01498-RPM

20.   Allen v. Gurevich, Civil Action No. 09-cv-01533-WYD -MJW

21.    Watkins v. Ruddy, Civil Case No. 09-cv-01534-REB-MJW

22.    Deherrera v. Sparks, Civil Action No. 09-cv-01535-MSK-CBS

23.    Johnson v. City and County of Denver, Civil Action No. 09-cv-01536-MSK-KLM

24.    Mergil v. Martinez, Civil Action No. 09-cv-01725-BNB

25.    Costen v. City and County of Denver, Civil Action No. 09-cv-01797-REB-KMT

26.    Bouchard v. Whetstone, Civil Action No. 09-cv-01884-REB-BNB

27.    Smith v. City and County of Denver, Colorado, Civil Action No. 09-cv-01896-RPM -MJW

28.    Winn v. Fania, Civil Action No. 09-cv-02781-LTB -BNB

29.    Gomez v. Campbell, Civil Action No. 09-cv-03011-CMA-KMT

30.   Mary Debruyckere and Stephani Morse v. the City and County of Denver, Civil Action No. 09-cv-

31.    Moore v. Miller, Civil Action No. 10-cv-00651-JLK

32.   Duran v. City and County of Denver, Civil Action No. 10–cv–01569–ZLW–KMT

33.    Estate of Marvin L. Booker v. City and County of Denver: MARY DULACKI, Deputy FAUN GOMEZ, Deputy JAMES GRIMES, Deputy KYLE SHARP, Sergeant CARRIE RODRIGUEZ, Sergeant MEDINA, Civil Action No. 10-cv-02626-PAB

DPD Excessive Force stats 2007-2010 (PDF version)

City dishes out another $140k

The Denver City Council is preparing to approve a $140,000 pay out to settle a lawsuit which claims that Officer Ryan Taylor was responsible for a car crash that resulted in the injuries of a 35-year old mother and her three kids.  The crash left “permanent and physical disfigurement.”  According to the Denver Post, “Taylor was driving in his patrol car northbound on Federal Boulevard at a high rate of speed, without sirens or lights, while responding to cover another officer on a disturbance call in the 1700 block of West Mississippi Avenue.  Taylor’s vehicle collided with the one driven by Reza as she made a left turn from southbound Federal Boulevard onto Florida Avenue.”  The lawsuit continues by claiming, “Plaintiff was struck by a police vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed without audible or visible emergency signals.”

This lawsuit is a further indicator of the common practice of recklessness preformed by the DPD.  Payouts this year alone have been astronomical.  Now, though we are anti police on all levels, you would think city officials would prefer to reform the methods of a draconian department, rather than have to pay millions of dollars in lawsuits per year.

Additionally, No update yet, on the so-called police slowdown, however we welcome it.

And We’re Back…………..

Technical Difficulties

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Hey Y’all,

Sorry for the lack of posting over the last couple of weeks.  We are experiencing some technical issues in regards to our machines (cameras, editing, etc…)

We should be back up by next week.

Thanks,

WDCW

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