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Video: Matt Hefferon, alleged police brutality victim, convicted of resisting arrest

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Last March, we followed the story of Matt Hefferon, who was allegedly shoved by Fort Collins police without provocation -- an incident caught on video. See the clip and our previous coverage below. Nonetheless, Hefferon has been convicted on two counts in what his attorney calls a major miscarriage of justice that could lead to either an appeal or a lawsuit.

"Our opinion is that justice was not served," says Andrea Hall, Hefferon's attorney. "Information the prosecution was allowed to say to jurors in closing arguments we believe was prejudicial. And we were precluded from talking about certain things. Our position was that the police lied."

The incident was sparked by a minor mishap with a pedi-cab in the Old Town Square area of Fort Collins at around 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 25. Police say Hefferon and two friends, Jarvis Gullatt and Josh Cullip, jumped into the vehicle, but it toppled over and its taillight was damaged. Officers say the trio then tried to leave, but they were detained.

As we've reported, the footage begins with a shot of an officer asking the cameraman, "Any questions?" However, he does not attempt to prevent the person taking the video from continuing to record. Meanwhile, on the right side of the frame, a man later identified as Hefferon can be seen speaking to a second officer. Hefferon initially gesticulates with his hands, but he's standing still, more or less, when the second officer jolts him in the chest and shouts, "Get back!"

"Don't push me again!" Hefferon responds, from a position several feet further away from the officer than he'd been seconds earlier.

At that point, the first officer rushes over, grabs the man and says, "You're under arrest."

"For what?" the man wants to know -- and he asks the question repeatedly, even after someone (the officer?) can be faintly heard saying, "Resisting." The man is then told to place his hand on the back of his head even as his arms are being held. His frustrated reply: "I can't!"

At that point, the person with the camera adds his opinion, telling Hefferon not to trip, because he's got the incident on video. The clip ends with the narrator brushing off the second officer's demand for his identification by saying there's no need for him to show it.

Here's the video.

Continue for more on the Matt Hefferon case.



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davidccouper
davidccouper

Police use of excessive force, especially deadly force, corruption and other misconduct hurts everyone – including the police -- in terms of lost cooperation, support and trust – which, in turn, diminishes their effectiveness. And remember: policing in a democracy is best accomplished by those who are well-trained and led, controlled in their use of force, honest, courteous to every person, and closely in touch with the communities they serve. For more, follow my blog at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com.

gerneblanston
gerneblanston

HAHAHAHAHHAH!!!............. young whipper snappers thought this video was their savior!!!! Epic backfire!!!!!!!!!!!.........HHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHH!!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I wonder if 'Judge Judy' swallows  $*&%*)%$(& ???.....

" Hey dude,  wake up . You can't be caught sleeping in the jury box. ", Juror # 4 quietly whispered to a nodding Juror # 7 .

" I'm voting guilty regardless .", replied seven back to one .

" I watched a cop writing down our license numbers shortly after we were picked .  Case closed as far as I'm concerned .... "

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

It wasn't the jury, Josh. The court limited what the defense could present and speak about. That's how it works. They tell you what you can say in your defense. Just huh?

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Jury was a bunch of fucking bullshit too apparently

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

¨Our position was that the police lied."


No shit, but don´t tell Michael and the Westword. They think the propaganda the police give him to print is the truth.

Charlie Whiskey
Charlie Whiskey

You must submit at all time. But remember, you are free!

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