Jan 232011
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

Down in Denver it’s starting to look like those with a uniform and a silver badge live to harass and beat, not to protect and serve.

According to this week’s Westword article “Black and Blue,” Daniel Packman, a Seattle man, who for the last two years has run the National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project, recently decided to look into the reports of police brutality coming out of Denver.

Packman found that, between January and June 2010, 17 Denver officers had been connected with brutality complaints –– more per capita than any other major city in the country.

Coupled with the statistics, the Westword article tells the story of 19-year-old community college student Alex Landau who, after being pulled over for an illegal left turn and marijuana possession, was severely beaten by multiple Denver Police Department officers with fists and metal flashlights, leaving him with a broken nose, a concussion, 45 stitches and leaving the Denver police with a federal lawsuit.

The Landau beating is only one of a string of disturbing police brutality cases that have come out of Denver in the past couple years including those of James Watkins, Eric Winfield and Michael DeHerrera. In all, Westword reported, over the last six years, Denver has been involved in 63 excessive-force complaints against police and has paid out more than $5 million in settlements.

As children we’re taught that police officers are here help us and protect us from the bad guys. In Denver it’s looking more and more like the cops are the bad guys –– bullies and criminals with guns, metal sticks and a badge.

In Denver, it’s time to get the thugs and trash off the streets.

 Posted by at 3:22 pm

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