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


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Matt Hefferon.
In the end, Hefferon, Gullatt, and Cullip were busted -- and their case began to receive widespread attention once the video started circulating. The publicity didn't dissuade the city from going after Hefferon, though. After Cullip was acquitted of interfering with the officers during a July jury trial, and charges were dropped against Gullatt, prosecutors actually added charges against Hefferon. Attorney Hall says two weeks before a trial originally scheduled for late August, and shortly after a request for an internal-affairs investigation into actions by the officers, new accusations of resisting arrest and criminal tampering were put in place -- a move she likens to "malicious prosecution."

The jury didn't agree. After several delays, the trial finally got underway on January 9, and the next day, as reported this morning by the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Hefferon (who referred questions to his attorney) was found not guilty of tampering and criminal mischief but convicted for obstruction and resisting arrest and sentenced to one year of probation.

The original version of the Coloradoan article claims Hefferon's attorney plans to file a civil rights lawsuit in the matter, but Hall says no decision about that has been made. After all, she's still considering whether or not to appeal the case.

Hall sees no shortage of reasons why such an appeal might be justified. She maintains that the resisting arrest claim is based on Hefferon slightly moving his arm and/or moving his eyebrows rather than any truly aggressive action. She's also frustrated by prosecution claims that the video shown to jurors had been edited or manipulated in some way -- she insists otherwise -- and suggests that statements by the officers involved changed from the time of the arrest to Hefferon's trial.

"This is the kind of stuff the police do all the time and get away with," she maintains. "We're taught we should abide by the police -- that they're our friends and they're there to serve justice. We assume they do what they're supposed to do and don't lie. And that's not always the case."

Continue to read our previous coverage of 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

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