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Vicki Ferrari second Denver cop/American Gladiator contestant sued for excessive force

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Vicki Ferrari.
Last September, we told you about a police brutality lawsuit targeting Denver Police officer Abbe Dorn, a former American Gladiator contender. Now, Vicki Ferrari -- a Dorn pal who's also a Denver cop and onetime American Gladiator contestant -- is on the cusp of a trial in a suit (on view in its entirety below) that accuses her of excessive force and more. But a Denver Police spokesman warns against a rush to judgment.

Ferrari is among the Denver Police Department's more high-profile officers, thanks in part to her 2008 American Gladiators stint. A show blog describes her like so:

Vicki is a 35-year-old narcotics officer from Denver, Colorado. She comes from a police family (her husband is a cop as well). Nicknamed "pitbull" by the guys at the precinct, Vicki is charming and easygoing with a lightening-quick temper. She is best friends with contender and police officer Abbe Dorn.

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Vicki Ferrari's Facebook profile photo.
Following her exit from the program, Ferrari became a member of the DPD public information office. According to Lieutenant Matt Murray, speaking for the department and Ferrari at her request, she's also a part-time traffic reporter for 9News -- an affiliation she touts on her Facebook page.

The suit against Ferrari was filed by high-profile attorney David Lane, whose clients have included controversial former CU professor Ward Churchill, Richard "Balloon Boy Dad" Heene and Tim Masters, who won millions in settlements after being wrongly accused of murder. His client this time around is David Kraus, who was managing a local Grease Monkey back in June 2007, at the time the incident took place.

"The allegations are that she parked in the Grease Monkey parking lot, blocking the entrance. She was allegedly monitoring a stop down the road by another unit," Lane explains. "My client, who's a Vietnam veteran, a deacon in his church, a guy who salutes authority and loves cops, walks out to politely ask her to please move the unit out of the entry way, and she blows him off -- tells him, 'No, I'm not going to do it.' He says, 'May I get your supervisor's phone number and see what he says about that -- and may I get your business card?' And she starts yelling at him.

"He walks away," Lane continues, "but she gets out of the car, says, 'Hold it right there!' In his shop, she spins him around, puts him against the wall and puts cuffs on him. He asks, 'Why are you arresting me?,' and she says, 'Interference.' Supposedly this was a potentially deadly stop down the street and he was distracting her from protecting her fellow officers -- but it was apparently so deadly that she ignored them and slapped cuffs on my client because she believed he wasn't showing proper respect of her authority. And now he's got permanent nerve damage in his hand because she put the cuffs on so tightly. The top of his hand and part of his thumb are numb to this day."

The suit states that all criminal charges against Kraus were dismissed.

Murray's response? He declines to comment on the merits of the case, which will get underway in federal court on Monday. But he says, "I think when people find out the whole story, it may change their opinion."

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Vicki Ferrari and Abbe Dorn.
Murray points out that the Ferrari matter was investigated by DPD internal affairs personnel, who determined that the charges were "not sustained" -- a ruling with some ambiguity. "The best outcome is 'unfounded,' which means it didn't happen, and 'sustained' means guilty," he notes. "And 'not sustained' means it can't be proven either way. A typical phrase a layman might use is 'he said, she said.' Both sides claim something different, and we can't get enough evidence to rule on the case either way."

In addition, the Office of the Independent Monitor, an agency set up to track the actions of employees overseen by Denver's safety department, weighed in as well. Murray prefers not to comment on the OIM letter other than to say the report "speaks for itself."

Is it possible Ferrari is being targeted because of her prominence? Murray believes "that's irrelevant. Officers get complaints. The nature of law enforcement is contentious, and unfortunately, there are people who don't like what we do or like when we take action. I'd point you to traffic stops. A driver may know he's run a light, but he might still be angry at us for doing our job. It's the nature of what we do, and that's difficult -- but we understand it. So it's not unusual for people to have these kinds of allegations thrown at them.

"I have great faith in Officer Ferrari. She does a great job," he goes on, adding, "The Denver Police Department had nearly half a million contacts with citizens last year alone. I'd ask people to keep that in perspective when they hear about a four-year-old incident like this one, where the details haven't all come out. It's easy to make allegations, but we'd like the same benefit of the doubt the public gets when they go to trial."

Page down to see photos of Ferrari in action on American Gladiators, as well as to read the lawsuit and letters to David Kraus from both the Office of the Independent Monitor and the Denver Police Department's internal affairs bureau.


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Meier429
Meier429

Can't believe she got off free. I have lost all respect for denver pd

Johnbrown
Johnbrown

March for justice for Marvin Booker and all the victims of police terror!Saturday January 29, 6pm, Meet at the Denver Skatepark

No justice, no peace...

Six months ago,Denver sheriff's deputies murdered Marvin Booker. Since then, there has been no justice.

We are still here, we are still angry, and we are still demanding accountability. Until then, there will be no peace....In the six months since Marvin's murder while in custody at the Van Cise-Simonet Justice Center, nothing has changed. The deputies that murdered Marvin still guard other prisoners, after the Denver DA refused to press charges. The videotaped evidence of the entire incident has never been released to the public, under the claim that an internal affairs investigation is still ongoing.

Six months later, and nothing has changed. In the months since Marvin's murder, dozens of allegations have been leveled against Denver metro area law enforcement departments of abuse, assault, rape, and misconduct.

In Aurora, a DARE officer distributed child pornography. In Denver, a police officer raped women and threatened them with arrest if they failed to give in to his advances or tried to report his actions. In Denver, lawsuit after lawsuit has been filed alleging extreme police violence. In Denver, police assaulted a disabled woman for not opening the door fast enough for them. In Lakewood, police killed an unarmed man who was stealing money to pay his rent and take care of his family.

This isn't just about a few bad apples. This is about the role of police and policing within our society.

While the economy crumbles, and millions of people in the US are unemployed, and millions more face evictions and homelessness, the police are at war with the people. Working to protect what little is left of the social order and the power that the rich struggle to maintain, the police wage an unrelenting assault on the people of the U.S.

From police murders in Seattle to Oakland, from Baltimore to Denver, the pattern is easy to understand. We are all targets.

Join us to march against police terror. Let's take the streets to show them that we aren't going away... that we're still angry... that we will always remember Marvin and all the other victims... that we will take action.

Six months have passed, and nothing has changed... but WE can make this whole situation change. It's up to us.

Chad W.
Chad W.

hope they fire this bitch ass pig! if she didn't have her badge like all other pigs between them she probably would of got her ass handed to her!!

SoylentGreen
SoylentGreen

when you're beating up many innocents and then serially lie about it, you lose credibility and people won't give you the benefit of the doubt...that's how it works.

dpd need new pr and communication experts, because hiding the truth just gets you into more trouble when the people find out....

full disclosure and a real plan to address DPD's attacks on innocents will steadily win credibility back...but it would be wise to stop beating up innocents today...

Mike
Mike

So pretty on the outside . . .

Geterdun69696
Geterdun69696

typical bitch pig that abuses power... And they wonder why there is such a stereotype put on cops, its because of lowlife pigs like ferrari. its the abuse of power and "im above the law" attitudes cops like this bitch has. Fire her ass then lets see how tuff she is when shes not wearing a badge. gladiator my ass, shes just a pretty face that gets her way.

Lovejaeheecho
Lovejaeheecho

My store got robbed too many times.but they never solved even one..Why most cops are working for traffic violation...

Robert
Robert

It is apparent to even casual observation that the DPD is utterly contemptuous of any notion that traffic, parking, or other laws apply to them. I have observed officers parking illegally in the course of casual business on numerous occasions. I think the time I saw an officer who had pulled over a motorist on I-25 but hadn't bothered to pull completely onto the shoulder cemented my impression that DPD recklessly disregards the traffic laws (and the laws of physics as well).

The present case just underlines what most people already know: the administration of the DPD is incompetent and must be replaced. The People of Denver do not trust their police department; in particular, they do not trust it to investigate citizens' complaints against rogue cops. Hickenlooper's sham oversight process has no teeth, it does not represent citizens, and it is not independent. Corrupt administration of police and Sheriff's deputies continues to coddle the few bad officers who should not be on the force, to generate an ongoing litany of police abuse cases, and to incur mounting fiscal liability for the taxpayers, who have to pick up the tab for the legal settlements and judgements against the City. Mayor Vidal should fire Chief Whitman and commit his interim administration to what Hickenlooper wouldn't do in two terms: reform the DPD!

Thereturnofdrunkenmaster
Thereturnofdrunkenmaster

These women are the female versions of Denver's skinhead male cops: narcissitic, brutal and stupid. DPD seems to specialize in these types of personality disorders.

Does anyone know if there is some kind of database anywhere keeping track of the number of DPD brutality complaints over the past years? It seems that it should at least begin with Ismael Mena and Frank Lobato -- two innocent men gunned down by DPD for no reason other than stupidity and incompetence.

If anyone is familiar with that type of record keeping and where I can find it I would be grateful. Thanks.

Caderinsoye
Caderinsoye

Vicki Ferrari is a complete Jerk, that enjoys abusing the powers she's suppose to use in protecting civilians.... She should be fired

Gretta
Gretta

Pigs love their power.

SouthernGirl84
SouthernGirl84

I have to agree with you there. She is a spoiled ass brat that has grown up with a silver spoon in her mouth. She is used to getting her way and don't like it when she don't. That is why she is so quick tempered. But you take her badge away and she is one of those people that would still think because she has been a cop before that she still has the same authority. It would'nt make a diffrence. And her looks, I am sure, go a long way!

kim
kim

careful.... she likes to hit back!!!

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