Police brutality: Denver provides eight years of complaints in James Moore case

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David Lane.
When I spoke to attorney David Lane about the Adams County's $20,000 payout to prisoner Mario Ybarra, who was thumped by deputies after he gave them grief over a troublesome fingerprint device, I asked about his demand for every document related to excessive force complaints against Denver cops and sheriff's personnel for eight years.

His response? "We've got them."

Accomplishing this goal wasn't easy. Back in July 2011, Judge John Kane ordered the City of Denver to release the eight year's worth of reports in conjunction with a police brutality allegation involving Jason Graber. As we reported, 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 -- Shawn Miller -- stopped the car and tackled Graber to the ground.

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Jason Graber.
A few days later, we noted that 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 -- a key fact, as the story developed.

Denver didn't immediately turn over the documents in question, and its foot-dragging hardly pleased Judge Kane. In September, he gave the city a few more weeks to comply with his edict, after which he pledged to impose a $5,000 per day fine.

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Anthony Camera.
Judge John Kane.
Before the month was done, Denver settled the Graber case for $225,000 -- an amount Lane said was much higher than it would have been had the city acquiesced earlier in the process. He added that if officials thought this sum would get them out of providing the documents, they were wrong, since the Moore case was unresolved. He told us that given the brutality at the heart of that incident, he wouldn't accept anything less than a seven-figure sum -- and without such a deal, he'd make the same demand for excessive force documents as in the Graber matter.

Thus far, no settlement has been reached regarding Moore -- and Denver eventually came through with the excessive-force paperwork. And there's lots of it.

"We are currently slogging through tens of thousands of documents and looking for examples of Denver tolerating police brutality," Lane says.

Is his staff finding any? In his words, "looking for examples of Denver tolerating police abuse is like looking for hay in a haystack."

At this point, there are no pending court dates for the Moore case, but Lane's not complaining about that. After all, he and his crew have plenty of homework to finish first.

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NoToTyranny
NoToTyranny

There are cases like this all over the country; just Google: “Elizabeth Palmer Chula Vista sheriff”. And the same scenario is played out. The officer is cleared of all charges and the tax payers pay out thousands while these berserkos get to keep their job.

Kate Gallagher
Kate Gallagher

they forget who pays them we do.

NoToTyranny
NoToTyranny

Why you, the tax payer, pays them twice. First, their high-paid salary. Second, thousands in lawsuits.

Remington1324
Remington1324

GO DPD and go DSD. All the assaults from junkies and career criminals are ok right. Then when the cops take down this scum just like FULaw Dog they want to cry and ask for money. Keep up the good work our boys in blue.

Ashton
Ashton

On the off chance you're not trolling- this is a picture of James Moore after his run-in with Shawn Miller: http://tinyurl.com/6nv7dfrShaw... Miller has a record of being rough, you can watch a local story of him pushing around and cuffing a nearly blind and disabled woman here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

This guy is a drain on taxpayer funds as well- we're paying $225,000(Graber case)+$5,000p/day fines+ whatever the Moore case was settled for- to keep this corrupt cop in a job?  

Amansings
Amansings

 I'm guessing you like assaulting innocent civilians and disabled people.

NoToTyranny
NoToTyranny

What do "assaults from junkies and career criminals” have to do with this rogue officer attacking disabled people and law abiding citizens?

Guest
Guest

Keep drinkin' the Kool Aid. Baaaa! BAAAAA!

fuck you law dawg.
fuck you law dawg.

whatchya gonna do? the mafia in blue, hunting for queers, niggers and you. fuck the rotten blue menace. standing on a raft in an ocean of blood but your doing the killing and your causing the flood. your sickening behavior regulates this society and musters all the hatred and sickness inside of me. i would just LOVE to stab every piece of shit law dawg in the face with a rusty spoon. every fucking one of em. there are no good cops. even the 'good' ones have seen bad things and remained silent. guilty. crack rock steady, are you ready to stop the rotten blue menace lets go kill us a cop. well, that's my 2 cents anyways. how do you feel?

Ashton
Ashton

or you could, you know, go write a politician or organize a protest. 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Corrupt Criminal Cop Scum deserve 2x (twice) the prison sentence that an ordinary citizen would receive for the same crime.

Make it so!

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

But remember, it is a crime, not a duty to resist this organized group of terrorists, we call the DPD.

Guest
Guest

Kudos David Lane. Grab those boys in blue right by the nutsack and SQUEEEEEEZE!

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

That hurts just to think about. Thanks for the post, Guest.

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