Marvin Booker's family upset at delay in lawsuit against city, deputies they say caused his death

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Marvin Booker.
Justice for the family of Marvin Booker may have to wait. On Monday, Booker's brother, sister-in-law and cousins stood in front of the statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. in City Park and expressed their disappointment that the civil lawsuit they filed against the city and the sheriff's deputies whose actions they say led to Booker's death at the Denver jail in July 2010 will now be delayed. The trial was supposed to start today.

"We know for a fact that it was a murder that night," said Booker's brother, Spencer Booker, a preacher in Kansas City. "They need to face us."

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Melanie Asmar
Attorney Darold Killmer, flanked by Booker's family, speaks on Monday.
On July 9, 2010, the 56-year-old Booker was brought to the Van-Cise Simonet Detention Center after he was arrested for failing to appear in court for a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He spent several hours in the jail's processing area, mostly sleeping. At some point, he took off his shoes "for comfort," according to the lawsuit.

Attorneys for Booker and the city differ on what happened next. In the civil lawsuit Booker's family filed in October 2011 against the city, four law enforcement officers, Denver Health and two nurses, attorney Darold Killmer recounts the events like this: When Booker's name was finally called, he began walking toward the booking desk -- without his shoes. When he realized he didn't have them, he told the deputy who'd called his name that he needed to retrieve them from underneath his chair.

The deputy told him not to, but Booker didn't listen. The deputy then "pursued Mr. Booker and grabbed his arm in an attempt to restrain him," Killmer wrote. "In what may fairly be described as a massive over-reaction, four other deputies then rushed in, violently restraining each of Mr. Booker's limbs and wrestling him" to the floor. One deputy put him in a "sleeper hold," while others attempted to subdue him with nunchucks, handcuffs and a Taser. They then carried his "limp, lifeless" body to a holding cell and left him until someone realized he wasn't breathing and called for help.

Continue for more on Booker's case.


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peteg1987
peteg1987

(Just keep in mind, not to believe your lying ears and eyes as news was brought to the 'common people.') I thought police were in place for society to preserve life and leaving justice to the courts. Failure to train has always been an issue when police screw up. Reported cowardly acts of shooting someone in the back, while fleeing, turns out to be a cop, no surprise. If this is proper training then everyone should know, any cowardly cop can shoot you, your kids, in the back--then use the 'coined phrase', "I believed my life was in danger". In other reported incidents it also seems that they are taught to empty an ammunition clip into a human before they stop. Knowing right from wrong, you know what's next, right? A District Attorney that covers up that information or alters the cowardly actions. I filed, in part, a suit for failure to train against Jefferson Cty. (pre-Columbine). Wanna see the crooked side, of those in law, that festers in the state of Colo.? (Respectfully, open your eyes, for your offspring, consider what you hear and do or say something, todays technology brings that into your home.) I have a website, petition, and a U-Tube video to share entitiled "Help me buy justice." Pass it on.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The law only applies to those who can't afford it .......

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

DPD = violent homicidal thugs with badges and guns

A society DESERVES the corrupt criminal police force it tolerates.

hth.

John Tenorio
John Tenorio

Move forward that poor old man was beaten by cops... his family deserves justice!!!

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Great bias journilism Wasteword!

The deputies that say caused his death? You posted the video. So let's assume you watched it. But hey you are a government propaganda rag, so don't repost the video, don't post the names of the deputies, just post a quote from the gov and the family to give that far and balanced propaganda that the government pas you for. Good job Wasteword! http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?client=mv-google&layout=mobile&v=vG7Mjt_j8Cs&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.youtube.com%2F&has_verified=1

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Great bias journilism Wasteword! The deputies that say caused his death? You posted the video. So let's assume you watched it. But hey you are a government propaganda rag, so don't repost the video, don't post the names of the deputies, just post a quote from the gov and the family to give that far and balanced propaganda that the government pas you for. Good job Wasteword! http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?client=mv-google&layout=mobile&v=vG7Mjt_j8Cs&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fm.youtube.com%2F&has_verified=1

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