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


Update, 6:45 a.m. March 27, 2012: The Fort Collins Police Department's investigation into a YouTube video apparently showing an officer shoving Matt Hefferon without provocation -- and Hefferon then being arrested -- is continuing at this writing. (The video can be seen below.) But Hefferon has now issued a formal complaint about the incident, which he says revolves around, of all things, a pedi-cab.

Prior to a press conference yesterday by Fort Collins Police Chief John Hutto, department spokesman Sergeant Jon Holsten released a statement asserting that early Sunday morning, "Fort Collins police officers were approached by the operator of a downtown bicycle taxi service reporting damage to one of his bikes. The informant was able to direct officers to three involved males who were leaving the area on foot."

Hefferon, for his part, tells the Fort Collins Coloradoan that he had his pals, including Jarvis Gullatt, and Josh Cullip, had been drinking in Old Town when they decided to take a pedi-cab -- and when they jumped into the vehicle, it flipped, breaking a rear reflector in the process. At that point, officers contacted the trio and told them they could pay for the damage on the spot or be cited for their actions.

According to Hefferon, he responded by telling the officer that he couldn't pay immediately because his ATM card wasn't working. "I was just standing there talking, explaining," he said in the Coloradoan interview. "And all of a sudden, he just snaps,"

Indeed, Hefferon doesn't seem to be advancing on the officer when the latter gives him a sharp shove in the chest and shouts, "Get back!" An instant later, another officer rushes at Hefferon and announces that he's under arrest -- a pronouncement that prompts Hefferon to repeatedly ask, "For what?"

Look below to see a 9News report that includes a portion of the video and Hutto's news conference. Then continue reading for our earlier coverage, including the complete video.

Continue to see 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

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

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