Robert Motyka, Denver police officer, shot in high-speed chase; one suspect dead, four caught
|A photo of Officer Robert Motyka from West Denver Copwatch.|
Here's a synopsis of what took place from an ACLU letter to the Justice Department calling for a federal investigation of law enforcement practices in Denver:
The Martinez Family alleged that the officers began pounding on their door shortly after 11:00 pm, demanding that they open the door. When Daniel Martinez, Jr. opened the door slightly, the officers rushed into the house without consent or a warrant. Officer Valdez slammed Jonathan Martinez's head through a window and then pulled him outside of the house and slammed him onto the concrete to apply handcuffs. Officer Martinez pushed Daniel Martinez into the living room, pinned him against the sofa, and applied handcuffs. Officer Motyka punched Nathan Martinez in the face without any provocation. Officer Jackson forcefully dragged Daniel Martinez III from the house and slammed him into the concrete before applying handcuffs. All of the Martinez Family members were criminally charged. A jury acquitted Nathan Martinez and Daniel Martinez III on all charges. All of the charges against Daniel Martinez, Jr. and Jonathan Martinez were dropped.We'll update this post with more information about yesterday's chase, as well as the current status of the Martinez lawsuit. In the meantime, here's a 9News video of the chase aftermath, followed by the aforementioned suit and the ACLU letter.
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