The Denver Post is reporting that the Denver City Council met on Monday and is paying a $795k settlement to Alexander Landau. The amount is the largest payout in the citiy’s history concerning a beat down case. It is safe to assume that that does not consider cases in which victims are murdered.
What is surprising about this is not only the significant amount of money, but also the quickness in which a settlement has been reached. The Complaint was filed in January and they are already talking settlement. Of course the money fails to address the systemic issues at hand, additionally, in no way can the payout repair the physical and psychological trauma. That said, congrats to Mr. Landau.
Additionally, two of the 4 officers terminated by Charlie Garcia were involved in the beating of Landau. Randy Murr was terminated for reasons related to the beating of Michael DeHerrera and Ricky Nixon was recently axed related to the beating of several women outside of the Denver Diner. It should be noted that Nixon also killed a woman in 2006.
The Denver Post is reporting that newly appointed Manager of Safety Charlie Garcia has suspended Sgt. Kenneth Johnson for 30 days and Detective Michael Lemmons for 90 days. Both men have been suspended without pay. Sgt. Johnson has been placed on suspension regarding an April 20, 2011 incident in which he apparently punched and jumped on a man for jaywalking. According to the post, Lemmons has been suspended for, “driving under the influence, and [he] fined him two days pay for prohibited use of a weapon.”
Now, we are sort of impressed with Garcia’s attempt to “clean house,” however this entire department is full of bad apples. Like we said before, 4 down, 2 in limbo, and 1196ish to go.
Our dear friends at Denver Anarchist Black Cross are hosting an event tonight in which activists from the Pacific North West will be discussing and presenting on anti-police organizing in their own communities. Shit seems to pop off in Seattle and we in Denver could probably stand to learn something.
A viewer turned us on to a website we had not yet heard about. We have linked it on our site and can also be seen here. The site is copblock.org and it is the real deal. They feature stories, articles, maps, podcasts, and much more. It appears that they focus on the coasts, but I think it is good for us mountain folk to know whats going down in the rest of the county. Props Cop Block.
Manager of Safety Charley Garcia has shit canned two more Denver Police officers. From our calculations that is 4 down and about 1196 to go.
Officers Ricky Nixon and Kevin Devine have been terminated for violating the “Commission of a Deceptive Act,” meaning they lied. Officers Nixon and Devine were caught on a HALO camera on July 12, 2009 beating, macing, and billy clubbing women and men outside of the Denver Diner. It remains unclear if any lawsuits have been filed from the incident. The officer’s must have lied during the internal investigation. They were not terminated for the excessive force, rather they were terminated for lying about the incident.
Courtesy of CBS 4, Still image from a HALO Camera
Check out the video footage, as reported by CBS 4 news, here
Unfortunately, we are unable to find the video on youtube, so let us know if you see it floating around