Independent monitor: Five Denver police officer-involved shootings still under review

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Nicholas Mitchell
Just before the end of 2012, Nicholas Mitchell, Denver's new independent monitor, released his first report to the public, covering discipline cases at the police and sheriff's departments.

The document from the city's official watchdog, just the second person to hold the position, offers a glimpse into pending investigations of officer-involved shootings.

The Office of the Independent Monitor is responsible for monitoring investigations of police and sheriff personnel, writing reports and making recommendations to the city's manager of safety, chief of police and director of corrections regarding findings in discipline cases. The office also makes policy recommendations regarding police and sheriff operations.

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Nicholas Mitchell, left, at a forum earlier this year for independent monitor candidates.
The Denver Police Department has struggled with a negative image tied to police-brutality cases in recent years. And new leaders at the Denver Police Department and at the Department of Safety have pledged to improve the discipline process and work to restore faith in law enforcement, by more efficiently and effectively resolving cases and punishing officers who have committed acts of misconduct.

The "Police and Sheriff Discipline and Critical Incident Report," released on December 28 and on full view below, is the first from Mitchell, who was formerly a private attorney and also worked at the Civilian Complaint Review Board in New York City. Mayor Michael Hancock offered him the position over the summer, after a lengthy search. The report outlines discipline cases in the third quarter of 2012, which covers July through September, and offers updates on the ongoing investigations and reviews of officer-involved shootings and in-custody death cases.

According to the report, at the start of October, there were five different DPD officer-involved shootings with pending administrative reviews. Here's a quick summary of those cases:

April 22: An off-duty DPD officer was shot at by an individual in Aurora, and the officer returned fire. In the ensuing firefight, the individual shooting at the officer was killed, as was a bystander.

July 31: An arrested party slipped through his handcuffs and engaged in a physical altercation with an officer who was driving him to the police station for processing. Another officer in a different car saw the struggle and the arresting officer's car swerving in and out of his lane. The second officer went to assist and shot the arrestee, killing him.

August 28: Officers responded to a call of a suicidal individual with a firearm. The suspect pointed his firearm at the officers while they talked to him through a closed security door. When the suspect refused to lower his weapon, an officer fired several rounds. The suspect was wounded but survived.

September 7: Officers responded to a robbery in progress. Upon the officers' arrival, the suspects took a hostage and barricaded themselves into a store. The suspects fired shots at the officers, and one officer returned fire. Hours after the exchange of gunfire, the suspects surrendered. No one was hit or injured by the shots fired.

September 12: Officers responded to a domestic disturbance. During the initial contact, the suspect shot at the responding officers, who returned fire. The suspect then barricaded himself into a building. Hours later, officers took the suspect into custody. The suspect was not hit or injured by any shots fired.

Continue for more details from the report and the full document.


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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Only 'christian' cops are safe . They have more than a shift-commander to report to ......

LOL !!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Cops = cowardly homicidal criminals with badges and guns.

hth.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

¨An arrested party slipped through his handcuffs and engaged in a physical altercation with an officer who was driving him to the police station for processing. Another officer in a different car saw the struggle and the arresting officer's car swerving in and out of his lane. The second officer went to assist and shot the arrestee, killing him.¨

Really ever ride in the back of a cop car? There is a plastic window seperating the arested person and the cop, standard in every patrol car. How did the guy get to the cop? Another wonderful peice of PROPAGANDA brought to us by the WASTEWORD.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Had these been 'civilian' involved shootings, involved parties would be 'detained' while 'investigated', I mean 'reviewed' !!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Not a damn thing was done to ANY of the 9 officers involved in my early 2000's, beating .

This occurred long after I was crippled & much was captured by their own surveillance cameras !

Explain WHY an UNCONSCIOUS man was 'tazed' REPEATEDLY ? I was hospitalized !

My attorney, R, Zapor, sold me out for a settlement & EVERYONE kept their jobs !!!

alohajoe007
alohajoe007

Well this is a failure as expected. Note the biggest punishments come from trying to tape the chief at a hearing and apparently the police are such prima donnas now that they report when one rags on the other.

But no matter how you look at it the police are above the law and there will be no punishment for cop who kills a citizen, ever. Our history shows this. Worse still is that this department creates the illusion that someone actually is looking hard at the police and has the power to do something. The police will never even if the governor and the president ordered it allow any new agency to actually see what they do because what they do is very illegal but have been given a pass from ALL politicians. The police unions are the largest donors (bribers) of both paties and that is why now cities have to spend over %50 of the income just to pay these thugs. Because of this we will never recover economically never. And to make things worse is our so called health care system is now run by cops NOT doctors. We are doomed.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CoreyDonahue "ever ride in the back of a cop car?"

Your frequent rider miles entitle you to a free first class upgrade on your next arrest.


CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

@DonkeyHotay @CoreyDonahue Yep, they have a nice cell for me too with my name on it and everything.  But I was convicted of use of fighting words in Boulder when I was hand cuffed in the back of a cop car.  So, law enforcement has shown the people in the last year the most dangrous place to be is hand cuffed in the back of a cop car.  Leave it to the Wasteword to sugar coat law enforcements assination of a person handcuffed in the back of a cop car.

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