Police brutality: Attorney lauds order to release 8 years of complaints in Jason Graber case

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Jason Graber.
Yesterday, Judge John Kane ordered Denver to release every document related to excessive force complaints against city police officers and sheriff's deputies for the past eight years and stated that "further obstruction will not be tolerated." Outspoken attorney David Lane cheers the ruling, spurred by brutality allegations aimed at Denver cop Shawn Miller by his client, Jason Graber.

"Denver has been engaging in absolute stonewalling and covering up of evidence in the Graber case," says Lane, who spoke to us earlier this week about allegations of police lying that led to the false arrest of Aaron Puller for racially motivated LoDo attacks. "We caught them in the act, and Judge Kane is appropriately shining the light of day on Denver's cover up."

Speaking to 7News last year, Graber said he was walking from a Denver club to the Adams Mark hotel in March 2008 when a police car sped by so fast that he motioned for the driver to slow down. Instead, the officer in question -- Miller -- stopped the car and tackled Graber to the ground.

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David Lane.
A few days later, Miller was involved in another alleged incident of brutality involving James Moore, described by West Denver Copwatch as a disabled Iraq war veteran. Miller and another officer arrived at the apartment in response to a noise complaint, and allegedly tackled Moore, who was with his girlfriend at the time, after ordering him to take his hand out of his pocket. According to the WDC account, Moore never had his hand in his pocket, but he was punched, kicked and struck with a sap anyhow. Lane says Moore actually "flat-lined" as a result of his pummeling, but subsequently recovered. He's also a Lane client.

Miller's reported combustibility has concerned Lane for quite some time. He spoke to Westword in March 2010 about his demand that the officer not carry a gun while giving a deposition in his office about the Graber lawsuit. Still, he says it was the Miller case that proved key to showing that Denver had something to hide.

"We got information in Miller's file for the Moore case that we didn't get in the Graber case," he explains. "And it should have been identical."

Now that Kane has directed Denver to pony up information on every excessive-force complaint in recent years, not just documents pertaining to Graber and Moore, "it will expose all of the corruption over the years in protecting Denver cops and sheriff's deputies from any discipline for gross misconduct," Lane believes. "It will blow the lid off it."

What's next? "Denver's been ordered to turn over all this stuff," Lane says. "So we're eagerly awaiting the dump trucks filled with documents that will be arriving at our office."

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "See the men (and women) accused of racially motivated assaults against whites, Hispanics."

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Jonahadms
Jonahadms

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Thorne Cassidy
Thorne Cassidy

Is Denver starting to hold the men in blue/silver gang colors accountable for their thuggery?

Dfw
Dfw

If the Denver issue isn't resolve, you're going to find a revolution of the citizens of Denver on your hands.  We will protest and demand the removal of the city manager, the police chief, and every law enforcement officer on the force.  In other words, if Denver doesn't clean house, we'll MAKE THEM DO IT!

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

Things like this do happen when violent crimes occur and the police get a poor description.The police can hold anyone for 72 hours without filing charges.There is something about the system I call "systemized" once your caught up in the system, it's hell getting out and there is corruption . John Lamb is a perfect example, the most violent and worst liar of them all. It is not just the police, it is Denver County Court, they conspire with the Police, City Attorney and Public Defender.There is this Gay magistrate in Denver County Court, the one with the Swordfish hanging on the wall in his chamber; last time I appeared before him at 8:00 a.m. he was Drunk on the Bench. He was beligerant and yelled were going to look at your Rap sheet and decide how much time you will get. I am writing the truth and it is proof the Denver Police were engaged in a conspiracy to blacklist me with false arrests to build a Rap Sheet to starve me to death through denial of employment with dot com instant background check. They were all in a conspiracy, District 4 Police, Chief John Lamb, R.W. "Pete" Peterson, RTD, Fast Tracks.Go get em Lane! Litigate them into oblivion!

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

The DPD is a criminal gang.  No different from any street gang, except that street gangs are usually only a threat to other gangs.  The cops pose a threat to us all.  We won't be safe until every last one of these thugs are expelled from the force.

malasangre
malasangre

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Jonandtrishy
Jonandtrishy

You hear that sound? Don't worry, it's just DPD pissing down it's own leg after geting bitch slapped by a federal judge. Guess the Denver Police intimidation train got run off the tracks by the REAL authorities. This is gonna be great!

Dfw
Dfw

Don't worry, the Denver police won't comply. They will throw up further legal complications to stop the dissimation of the material.  They will never comply.  It's time for the citizens of Denver to start protesting their LEO offices around the city and demand every LEO be replaced, including the city manager (for allowing this to continue for years). 

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