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Police brutality: Cop reinstated before city has completed Alex Landau inquiry


As a result, Nixon, who might have been fired for his actions in the Landau case had he not already have gotten sacked, is back on the job -- and the inquiry into a matter that cost the taxpayers of Denver more than three-quarters-of-a-million-dollars appears to have fallen through the cracks.

Holland sees this as objectionable in the extreme. "There was a reinstatement process going on at the same time we have a very serious, incomplete investigation that bears directly on it," he maintains. "The City agreed in the settlement of Alex's case that the internal affairs investigation regarding the incident would continue to conclusion, and that they would reach findings concerning the involvement of all the officers," including Nixon. "But there have been no findings. And that needs to be addressed."

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John Holland.
Did officials see the payment to Landau as concluding the matter? If they did, Holland believes, they shouldn't have.

"I don't think the city people perceived the case was ending with a settlement to make it go away," he allows. "The city specifically agreed that it would complete the internal affairs investigation; they agreed that it was important to do. At the time, both officers had already been terminated, but it was understood that the IAB investigation would be completed in respect to them even in that status."

Eight months have passed since the settlement, and while this delay may not seem overly egregious in and of itself, Holland says "you have to see it in context. The complaint has been pending since January 2009, and the case was filed in January 2011. So it isn't like there was a shortage of time for them to look into such a serious matter."

Holland concludes with a pair of questions: "If we're ever going to clean up this police stuff, don't we need to have some consistency in the handling of these investigations? Doesn't the city have to keep its promises?"

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17 comments
acsmith1972
acsmith1972

So if they sodomized him with  a plunger that'd be a violation, but nothing else is? I mean how much more extreme do police have to be? Do they have to kill unarmed people and frame them like in New Orleans? Isn't there something we can do to stop them before that?

RockyMissouri
RockyMissouri

Does Denver have a problem like New Orleans - regarding its' cops.......???

Guest
Guest

They should really clean house in that department!!

Jamesdhaper3
Jamesdhaper3

Alex is one of my good friends. He is a good guy to pursue the immortality of the DPD. He is very outspoken, smart, educated, and strong willed.

Delic
Delic

*I think.... not I don't think

Delic
Delic

I watched the DPD assault someone for "resisting arrest"... Although I don't think throwing punches and kicks at someone who is already restrained, is beyond excessive. Not to mention dragging a suspect across the concrete while their hands are cuffed behind their back... I was subsequently arrested for "interference with a police officer" when I was in the process of walking away from the situation only because I had witness their obscene abuse of power and vicious assault on an unarmed individual. DPD needs to be put in check, I know they have already killed, I'm sure they will kill again.

UberMoi
UberMoi

The justice system is corrupt, starting with the unaccountable police departments up to the judges, juries and the for profit prison system.  The entire system is flawed and it's a good ol' boys club, with the citizens paying the price.

Miguel Lopez
Miguel Lopez

remember this is district 6! that hahs most of these problems.

Matt Ventura-Paul
Matt Ventura-Paul

All I got to say is! Power tripping pigs. How's doe's everyone like the police state, created under the patriot act?

Guest
Guest

Sounds to me like it's past time that some of these pigs fall down REAL hard, on a hail of bullets.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

DPD is rife with criminality and incompetence from top to bottom.  Charging someone with incitement to riot for standing calmly in front of a police car, charging someone else with "clinging to a vehicle" who was inside it at the time -- DPD is used to making it up as they go along, and their superiors condone and participate in perjury.  Denver is a long way from having a professional police department, for all of having many decent officers -- we all deserve an entirely new administration!

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Strong post, UberMoi. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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