Mario Ybarra brutality payout: Taxpayers should be mad, David Lane says

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Another day, another cash payout for alleged law-enforcement brutality. This time, it's Adams County agreeing to fork over $20,000 after a deputy took down career criminal Mario Ybarra while trying to fingerprint him. And although attorney David Lane is happy to accept the money, he's upset that such incidents keep happening with no punishment for those involved and no apparent improvements in the system as a whole.

As reported by CBS4, which obtained video pertaining to the matter (it's on view below), Ybarra, 45, was being fingerprinted on January 22 at Adams County Jail when he mouthed off to the deputies processing him.

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The package aired by the outlet doesn't name the law-enforcers involved -- something that irritates Lane. However, an incident report shared by the station names them as Deputy Jimmy Marshall and Deputy MIchael Soto and reveals the sort of details not deemed broadcast-worthy.

According to Marshall's narrative, he and Soto were with Ybarra in the mug-shot-photo area attempting to take his fingerprint when the prisoner allegedly slapped the device and said, "Fuck this fingerprint machine and fuck you, too."

Soto's memory of the dialogue is a bit different. After the fingerprint machine malfunctioned, he states in his notes, Ybarra hit the device and declared, "Your fucking machine doesn't work." But both agree that Ybarra appeared to step away from the machine, at which point Marshall grabbed him by the shirt collar and took him to the ground, resulting in a struggle that was later joined by numerous other jail personnel.

Problem is, video of the incident doesn't back up the deputies' assertions and Ybarra's movements.

Page down to watch the video and get more of Lane's take on the Mario Ybarra incident.

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Dear David Lane,I have an idea. I'm sure someone in Denver can produce high quality television programming, so why don't you and I start a show about rogue Denver Police officers? Kind of an anti-"Cops"? I mean, Denver regional cops aren't the ONLY LEO's that are corrupt, but it's a fair start. We could just air video of these a-holes abusing their authority, beating people, etc., without it being diluted by other "news". And then show the public their eventual punishment, maybe do some "cop on the street" interviews, take their asses to task on live TV about it, ramp up the heat on these knuckledraggers? And as a a closing segment, keep a running total of all TAXPAYER funded settlements these mouthbreathers enjoy! Since they 're public servants, there's no slander or libel involved, as parody of public figures is protected. I mean, if you want to get the message out and have the public feel outraged, focusing on the issue and putting these guys on camera would be a hell of a good way to do it. maybe a 15 minute show every week? People love reality TV, let's give them some reality! If you're interested, speak up in this forum and I'll give you a call. I have no broadcasting experience, but I'll stick a camera and microphone in ANY corrupt cops face if it'll prevent the rampant abuse they feel is their right. Let's talk!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The only problem is that while cops fall over themselves to bring the cameras of Cops along, they (usually) don't abuse people when they know someone is watching.  What is outrageous about Cops is that it sometimes documents police abuse -- the extent to which our society condones cops' sense of entitlement and impunity is appalling!

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