Occupy Denver: Corey Donahue, Sean Driggers & Brandon Sexton's felony charges -- cops' side

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The Denver District Attorney's Office has formally announced felony counts against a trio of Occupy Denver protesters: Corey Donahue, Sean Driggers and Brandon Sexton.

What led to these charges? Denver Police statements of probable cause on view below offer the cops' side of the story.

On November 13, according to the PC for Donahue, who's identified by his given first name, Michael, a female officer was attempting to leave Civic Center Park when a group of protesters surrounded her police car. Then, Donahue allegedly stood in front of the vehicle and shouted, "Let's block these motherfuckers in!!!" (The three exclamation points are in the report.)

Shortly thereafter, the various protesters began to rock the police car back and forth with the officer inside. At that point, another officer ordered Donahue to move -- and after he failed to do so, the cop physically pushed him out of the way. But when the female officer tried to drive, Donahue jumped back in front of the vehicle. The narrative says that after Donahue ignored several more orders to step aside, the officer put him under arrest -- an action sparking a "riot" in which "two state patrol officers were seriously injured." The report adds that as Donahue was being led to a police car in handcuffs, he continued to yell at and incite the crowd.

The Driggers statement is more complicated. The document maintains that on October 29, a lieutenant wound up in a tug-of-war over a tent with a woman named Lesley Johnson. As he was about to take her into custody, he was knocked to the ground by a man ID'd as John Sexton, who then allegedly tried to "un-arrest" Johnson.

As you'll recall, John Sexton claimed that he was falsely accused of assault on a peace officer -- and the DA's office ultimately chose not to file a felony against him.

To confuse matters further, several cops fell on top of Johnson, Sexton and the lieutenant around the time the officer saw a large stick break against the ground. (It didn't actually strike him, but it came close.) And while the stick wielder managed to get away, a detective discovered that the incident had been captured in a video posted on YouTube. Then, he eyeballed a second clip -- this one featuring a 9News report in which Driggers was interviewed -- and determined that the person being quizzed and the guy with the stick were one and the same.

In regard to Brandon Sexton (a different person than John Sexton), he's accused of responding to the arrest of an unnamed woman on November 13 by grabbing an officer from behind and attempting to wrestle him to the ground and strike him at the same time.

Donahue has been charged with two felony counts of inciting a riot and a misdemeanor obstruction beef for the November 13 incident; other Occupy Denver-related charges are pending, too. Driggers is looking at a second-degree assault on a police officer allegation. And Sexton faces a felony charge of second-degree assault on a peace officer, plus misdemeanors for obstruction, resisting arrest and engaging in a riot.

Look below to see the booking photos for Donahue, Driggers and Sexton, followed by their respective probable cause statements.

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Corey Donahue.

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Sean Driggers.

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Brandon Sexton.

Corey Donahue/Occupy Denver Statement of Probable Cause
Sean Driggers/Occupy Denver Statement of Probable Cause
Brandon Sexton/Occupy Denver Statement of Probable Cause

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Peter Sanchez
Peter Sanchez

Personally, I spent three weeks hanging out with Corey on and off, at Occupy Denver, and he may have kinda goofed 'horsing around' a few times, but he is the most demonized protester to Occuy Denver. The 'nut-grabbing'? Corey and his friends all have an established repore with making a game of trying to attack each others junk, and if someone was offended by watching this, they are way too sensitive. And even if he is 'extremely gay'?, who cares, his friend don't care if he taps their junk. I mean, come on, he nut tapped me very first I hung with him, as did happen to almost all the guys who chilled with him, despite knowing it would happen. Hell, I watched him disarm a fist fight by kissing the dude who he was fighting with. Corey is a freak, just like all of us, so who caes what he do, until it actually afffects you. And regardless of his rough house style of play, Corey is still an extremely dedicated, generous, helpful, reciprocative man. Long live the ThunderDome.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I was standing next to the police car driven by officer Perez that night from the start of the confrontation until the cops piled on Corey.  Rudolph P. Suniga, badge #92061, is a perjurer and should be seized immediately and tried for that felony -- no protester grabbed the officer's car. or tried to rock it; that is a deliberate lie, and the arrest report is otherwise misleading; protesters did not block officer Perez from leaving the Park, threaten her, or touch her vehicle.  The DPD is a criminally led organization which employs a significant number of thugs and felons such as Suniga -- if citizens of Denver started defending themselves lawfully against  police attacks, it would be an ugly scene, but not as ugly as what is tolerated as the status quo now.

Colforbin
Colforbin

i don't know this donahue dude, but, from the picture he looks fucking insane

Allamony
Allamony

@HCC . RE: COREY 

He's probably just trying to establish a pattern of nut-grabbing for when he goes to court on the initial nut-grab.He is probably just trying to loosen everyone up so they aren't so apt to drop their stuff when startled, and he is probably extremely gay. 

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Unfortunately I met Cory Donahue at the Westword Web Awards the other night.  He is the most offensive human being that I've ever been around.  For at least 20 minutes at was otherwise a peaceful party, I personally witnessed Cory Donahue trying repeatedly to grab other patrons testicles.  He grabbed, fondled, and punched at least 5 other men in their groin areas, causing one man to spill a plate of food, another to spill a beer and another to drop his very nice camera.  It was completely disgusting, the guy deserves to go to prison for a long time.  Society doesn't need this predator.  No one deserves to be sexually touched or otherwise molested by this menace, total freak, looser.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

-- very disappointing, HCC.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

I know Robert, you witnessed some of the nut slapping too... Do you confirm or refute what I describe?

Peter Sanchez
Peter Sanchez

But seriously, to call us scum and baboons, saying we should be body-'bagged' and foot-'tagged'? You are the, the most unkind Marijuana activist I have ever interacted with. You sir/madam, HCC could take a page on being a human being from Corey's book.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

I'm not running an operation, you have me confused with someone else, sorry to say.

JJ
JJ

According to the Federal Government (Constitution), Occupy is protected by the law. However, also according to Federal law, you are running an illegal operation. Remember who your potential allies are when they crack down on Colorado like they are about to in California, you may regret burning bridges.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You were hanging with the Occupy Denver protesters last night -- viper!

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Well as a human being I think I have the right to choose who is my comrade and who I consider a friend.  The cannabis plant will always win, it laughs at all of us on all sides, me, I speak for the trees.  Cory Donahue hit unsuspecting party goers in the nuts, are you telling me that's acceptable because he smokes pot too?, I don't think so!

Furthermore the occupy Denver scum should be bagged and tagged and caged like the escaped baboons they're acting like. Next time I'd like to read that the female officer shoots the molesters. I think it's awesome watching those losers get maced in the face, best part of nightly news these days! It's my Capital too, now get off, make my day law in effect!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I will say this:  it is staggering to me how readily you stab someone in the back who is out there fighting for you as a caregiver -- to the extent that you have a coherent political outlook regarding cannabis, Corey Donahue has been on your side.  With friends like you, who needs enemies?

Evan Herzoff
Evan Herzoff

I think you're making that up or exaggerating at least, High Country Caregiver.  He wasn't arrested for grabbing someone's balls, he was arrested for blocking a Denver Police car from pulling forward even when the car had plenty of room to go into reverse and back out. They were in the middle of a park. I was there and watched the whole event transpire. And the rest of these comments are emblematic of the tendencies of you sensationalist yes men. You're like a cyber lynch mob, which is always and inherently made up of people with no life and too much time on their hands.

Ean
Ean

I back HCC's claim.  I was on the balcony and went inside right after the plate of food and drink went flying. I'm not defending those guys, but they did all know each other and appeared to be making a game out of slapping and punching each other in the genitals.

Disappointed we didn't meet in person.  Or did we?

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High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

The incident I witnessed happened at Cattleman's night club, this past Wednesday, it was a private party for Westword and was a separate incident from the above mentioned.  I know it's hard to believe, I'm just trying to establish the man's character for those who don't know what a monster he is.  He spent about 20 minutes outside trying to hit men in the nuts, plain and simple, no exaggeration.  I do spend a lot of time on the computer, that I am guilty of, I like your 'cyber lynch mob' line, that's funny....

JJ
JJ

Lets judge by what actually happened vs allegedly happened. Regardless of how you feel about someone's character, guilt cannot be assumed by those standards. Keep in mind there are two other people charged with felonies in this article, and focusing on one individual detracts from the overall situation.

Most media outlets falsely published that John Sexton was responsible for assault and pushing over a motorcycle, video evidence contradicted this, and he was not even the person in the video evidence of the situation the police referred to, yet some outlets ran with it and he lost his job as a result. A major outlet which published these lies has not issued a retraction, or an apology.

Assuming the police at their word are telling the truth is unfortunately not reliable. It should not be that way, but we already have one incident of someone's life being drastically effected from the misrepresentation of events from the DPD that the media assumed were true.

Mike
Mike

Glad I wasn't there, if that motherfucker laid a hand on me he would be going to the hospital instead of Jail.At the same time I find it funny how these police change their story when YouTube Vids come out.

Jtcolfax
Jtcolfax

There's evidence on You Tube that contradicts the notion that the car was rocked.

Pete
Pete

Wow wow wow.  I had no idea you occupiers were such disgusting folks. The behavior shown in this video is embarrassing for your cause, whatever it is exactly.  I hope EVERYONE watches this, as painful as it is!

Cindylrjohnson
Cindylrjohnson

Don't know if they would care but CNN ran an article on this. Maybe send these to them?

Tronz
Tronz

 you clearly haven't been following Westword's Occupy Denver coverage very well.

Evan Herzoff
Evan Herzoff

Honestly you always share the police account first and foremost. No one should be surprised by that, but what would be refreshing is for you to show all of the publicly available evidence showing that the police account is not only inaccurate but in some cases are out right lies. But you didn't me to tell you what you already know, whether you share it is a different story. 

JJ
JJ

In addition, I filmed the following video. Check 0:26 where the cop is holding his head. I am not sure if this is from the pepper spray, or if he got hit in the head from when the police were rushing in. The girl they charged and tackled on the bench, that they accused of pushing them was too far away to actually push the officers. You just hear "arrest her" at the beginning and they charge in. The police are not being honest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

JJ
JJ

Here is the video evidence. Not only are the cops lying about the incident, they are also refusing to provide their badge numbers, which is in direct violation of their own operating procedures which anyone can access on the denvergov website. Here is what happened http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

There are lots of different takes on these incidents. This time around, we wanted to share the police account. But we'll continue to share multiple viewpoints in our ongoing coverage. Thanks for the post.

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