The Denver Post is reporting that U.S. Senior Federal Judge Kane, made a ruling yesterday ordering the City of Denver to produce every excessive-force complaint filed against every single Denver police officer or sheriff’s deputy in the past eight years, as well as all documents showing what the departments did with those complaints and whether they imposed any discipline on the officers involved. The city must also turn over any internal studies done on use of force by police officers.
The ruling comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed concerning excessive force. Denver City Attorney’s have failed to provide the plaintiff’s attorney’s with the necessary discovery and as a result Judge Kane made this ruling. Qusair Mohamedbhai told the post that, “No judge has ever compelled Denver to produce this amount of discovery related to its officers’ use of force.”
Now may be the perfect time to file a CORA request, citing Judge Kane’s ruling to get these documents in public hands.
Yesterday, Boss Hancock announced the resignation of Manager of Safety Charlie Garcia. This marks the fifth manager of safety in the past 13 months. Garcia is being replaced for the time being by Deputy Manger of Safety Ashley Kilroy. Now, Garcia was truly a piece of shit. He denounced any real wrong doing in the murder of Marvin Booker. That being said, of all the steaming heaps of shit that have occupied the manager’s of safety office, Charlie was the smallest pile and the least steamy. It was under his short lived tenure that we sawthe termination of a handful of DPD officers.
Garcia was despised by the rank and file, the police union, and the retried police association. Hancock’s move leads us to believe that whoever the next permanent Manager of Safety will be is going to be another enormous heaping pile of rotten feces.
The initial reports concerning the death of Alonzo Ashley at the Denver Zoo on Monday July 18, 2011, have now proven to be full of misinformation and untruths. Whether this is the fault of the media, the police, or both remains unclear. At the outset, Mr. Ashley was being painted by the DPD and media as a wild, intoxicated, wife beating, loony black man that most likely died of a drug overdose. The original police statement even said that officers attempted to use a taser, but it did not function properly. Sonny Jackson, DPD spokesman, then changed the story by stating, Mr. Ashley was hit with a “contact tasing” as opposed to being struck by Taser barbs. “A contact tasing is where you basically put the taser against the skin — and it only affects that area.”
Since the original reports, it has become apparent that Mr. Ashley was not beating on his wife, nor was he experiencing a drug induced psychotic episode, rather he was suffering from a heat stroke. According to Mr. Ashley’s girlfriend, Alonzo never was threatening her and was just trying to cool down from the heat by putting his head in the water fountain. What then occurred remains murky, however due to a witness statement acquired by Fox 31 , the story becomes even more horrific. She says, “There was first one bald police officer and you can see his arm going up and down hitting the guy, they were tasering him . They tasered him and then said stop resisting.”
Of course the DPD is claiming that Alonzo had super human strength and was swinging on the officers, but I don’t believe a fucking thing they say. They tried to pull the same shit with Marvin Booker, claiming he had extraordinary strength and kept resisting, but we all know now that that was complete bullshit.
This news is horrendous, but unfortunately not surprising. We all are well aware of DPD’s murderous ways. At best, Mr. Ashley was murdered while suffering from a heat stroke, which caused a confused cognitive state, and when attacked by security guards and DPD officers he defended himself.
Our deepest condolences to Mr. Ashley’s loved ones.
Community members, including civil rights activist Alvertis Simmons, the Rev. Patrick Demmer and pastor Reginald Holmes, announced Wednesday that they plan to hold a rally outside the zoo entrance beginning at 2 p.m. Friday. Be there to demand answers and an end to police brutality
We are going to be having open meetings and this is the first one. We would like to get more people involved both in the actual Copwatching but also a lot of the off the streets projects that we have been working on. It will be on Wed 7/27 at 7 PM at 2727 W. 27 Ave, which is the 27 Social Center. that a helluvalot of 27s. Hope to see you there.
Marvin Booker’s murder on July 9, 2010 has proven to be one of the most heinous examples of police brutality in recent memory. Marvin was a street preacher that met his end in Denver City Jail. He was murdered by five deputies as he was choked, squashed, and tased to death.
Despite the horror that was inflicted on Marvin and thus upon the entire Denver community, Denver has reacted with rage, love, and resistance. To keep things in prospective WDCW would like to give a timeline of events that have occurred since the devastating summer day in Denver’s then brand new Jail. It is important to note that the movement that has come into fruition as a result of Marvin’s murder has been multi pronged and branched to various communities, peoples, and generations throughout Denver. This is only a sample of events, rallys, protests, and resistance that has occured in the past year.