DPD craziness

The Denver Post filed a CORA (Colorado Open Records Act) Request to the DPD concerning their use of force statistics.  Apparently, in the past three years there has been 232 officers that people have complained about concerning excessive force.  Of those two have been disciplined.

US District Judge Kane Scolds and Threatens Denver with Sanctions

The Civil Rights law firm, Killmer, Lane , & Newman has a federal lawsuit pending against the City and County of Denver after Officer Shawn Miller brutalized a Colorado citizen Jason Graber.  The case is in litigation and the City and County of Denver has failed to provide the appropriate discovery to the plaintiff.  In July, Judge Kane ordered Denver to stop the bullshit , yet it appears they have not listened.

According to the Denver Post,  Judge Kane ruled that the city and its attorneys “have chosen to invest their time and effort in meritless attempts to obstruct the discovery process. I will not tolerate persistent evasions of discovery obligations in this case.  Judge Kane then scolded Denver and warned them that if they fail to provide the proper discovery they will be sanctioned with a daily fine of 5k until they have complied with the order.  The deadline is October 6, 2011.  According to attorney Qusair Mohamedbhai, “Judge Kane’s order is based on well established law and will bring justice to the many individuals that have been brutalized by the Denver police department.”  We wonder what the city is hiding, can it be worse then what we already know?

Federal Judge Orders Denver Officials to Cut the Bull Shit

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.

City Ready to Dish Out $117,500 to Man that Was Beaten by DPD

The Denver Post is reporting that City Council will approve a $117,500 settlement for Tyler Mustard.  Mustard was beaten with a flashlight by officers Michael Morelock and Kimberly Thompson.  He suffered head injuries and a collapsed lung.  Morelock is known as being one of the biggest pieces of shits in a department full of giant pieces of shit.  Maybe Garcia will fire him next.  Fingers crossed.

Our condolences to Mr. Mustard and enjoy getting paid.

Morelock happens to be in our database

Denver has paid 10 million dollars in Settlement money since 2002

ACLU has figured that Denver has paid out 10 million dollars in settlements concerning police misconduct since 2002.

Another Lawsuit Against the DPD

On Tuesday March 29, 2011 the ALCU of Colorado filed a federal lawsuit against the DPD.  The ALCU alleges that their client, Jose Sanchez was  victim to racial profiling, his home was illegally searched, and he was illegally arrested.

Please read the ACLU’s press release here : Sanchez ACLU Release 3.29.11

Kudos to the ACLU for taking the case.  We will keep y’all posted as updates arrive


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)