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

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.

City to Pay 136k, More Pig Infighting, and O22

The city of Denver is getting ready to pay $136,000 to a woman who suffered traumatic brain injury following being rammed by a squad car.  This pay out is in the midst of Denver city already dishing out over 1.5 million dollars since 2008 cite.

Furthermore, there has been speculation over the last week that the rank and file of the DPD is taking part in an organized work slow down.  Now, this is all speculation, however for us it is glorious.  On the one hand you have major pig infighting and on the other you have a less active department, meaning hopefully a decline in abuses. That aside, folks still need to be on the weary side of things.  All too often it is the people that suffer the most when there is tension within police departments.

Finally, following October 22, the International Day Against Police Brutality, there is a sense of urgency and momentum in the air.  After a weekend of actions that saw a march with a breath of fresh air on Friday and copwatching in every district on Saturday it is important to stay up on these issues.  We must be diligent, cautious, and courageous.

Big up to Queen City Antifa, West Denver Copwatch, Comite Defensa Del Pueblo, Aurora Copwatch, and all of the folks that took part in any or all of the weekends festivities.  Keeping it real.

Denver Pigs, the Worst in the Nation

According to our friends at the National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project (NPMSRP), since January,  more police officers have been accused of excessive force in Denver than in any other city, including Detroit, New Orleans, New York, and LA.

This report, comes after Head Pig, Chief Whitman, claims that Denver has some of the lowest excessive force stats in the country.

Now, the NPMSRP claims that Denver’s rate of Excessive Force is  2,531 per 100,000, which is over 10x higher than the national average Excessive Force Rate of 210 per 100,000.

These stats are alarming.  We thank the NPMSRP for diligent work.

Please be careful out there, these streets are dangerous, and the pigs are violent as fuck.

Stats

NPMSRP

Denver stats

Westword article