Occupy Denver: Did unnamed 2nd assaulter knock over cop on motorcycle? (VIDEO)
Since Saturday's Occupy Denver protest ended with more arrests, much attention has focused on two investigations for felony assault of a police officer. But neither Denver Police nor the DA's office have named anyone other than Westword interviewee John Sexton as being under felony investigation. And though the second case may be linked to a cop's motorcycle being pushed over, they've yet to confirm that, either.
After being released on his birthday yesterday, 33-year-old Sexton has been a consistent target of accusations that he is the culprit behind the notorious motorcycle tipping. However, a video on view below shows that these accusations are misguided.
Here's the footage:
In the clip, a man can be seen pushing over a police motorcycle and being chased to the ground by officers, at which point it appears he will be arrested. But there is still no record of this arrest, according to Occupy Denver's legal team. Moreover, the man in question is clad in different clothes than the ones Sexton was photographed wearing on the day of the incident.
These distinctions apparently didn't make a difference on Saturday. "When I got to jail, the corrections officers kept asking me why I knocked a cop off his motorcycle, and I had no idea what they were talking about," he recalls. "That wasn't me. I spoke to my mother on the phone later, and it took a while to convince even her that I wasn't guilty, because I had received so much media attention."
Westword's conversations with both Denver Police Department public information officer Matthew Murray and DA spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough this morning ended without a confirmed name for the alleged second felony investigation, though Occupy Denver representatives suspect the second name (withheld for anonymity) to be that of the person in the video. The occupiers say they know the man's name and have confirmed that he was not arrested and has not been entered into the legal system in relation to Saturday's events.