Alex Landau responds to feds' decision not to charge Denver cops who brutally beat him

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Organizations hoping to bury unpleasant or potentially controversial news traditionally release information late Friday, in the hope that many folks already in weekend mode miss the development. A classic example: Justice Department reps chose Friday at 6:30 p.m. to inform Alex Landau that they would not be charging the three Denver police officers who brutally beat him with federal civil rights violations. No surprise that Landau is incensed by this turn of events, as are numerous supporters. Look below for details, the lawsuit and more photos from after the incident.

As Joel Warner reported in detail for his 2011 feature article "Black and Blue," Landau was a nineteen-year-old Community College of Denver student when he was pulled over by police on January 15, 2009, allegedly for making an illegal left turn.

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Alex Landau's jacket after his beating by police. More photos below. Warning: They're graphic.
Marijuana was subsequently found on Landau's passenger, a fellow student named Addison Hunold, prompting the officers -- identified in the lawsuit as Ricky Nixon, Randy Murr and Tiffany Middleton -- to ask if they could search his trunk. Landau is said to have responded by stepping toward the officers and quizzing them about whether or not they had a warrant -- at which point they began punching him in the face. The attack caused Landau to fall, but the beating continued for several minutes, with one officer yelling, "He's going for the gun." (Landau was unarmed.) Once they finally stopped the assault, one officer reportedly put the following question to him: "Where's that warrant now, you fucking nigger?"

A lawsuit over the incident was filed in January 2011, and Landau eventually received a $795,000 settlement from the City of Denver for the damage done to him. But officers Nixon, Murr and Middleton still have not been punished for their actions in the incident. Murr was eventually fired for taking part in another high-profile excessive-force case involving Michael DeHerrera, and Nixon, too, was canned in connection with his role in an alleged assault on four women at the Denver Diner, also in 2009. However, he was later reinstated and remains on the Denver police force, as does Middleton.

Last week, a Denver judge ruled that the city could be put on trial for police brutality over the Denver Diner case -- and the officers who pummeled Landau could still face punishment resulting from a Manager of Safety inquiry whose results were delayed due to the federal investigation. But this prospect offers little solace to Landau.

Look below to see a Landau's statement, included in a release by the Colorado Progressive Coalition, with which he now works; that release also features comments by CPC racial justice and civil rights program director Mu Son Chi. In addition, we've got remarks from Holland, Holland, Edwards & Grossman, the law firm that represents Landau. That's followed by the complete lawsuit, from which the post-beating photos of Landau seen above and on the next page are taken. Warning: They're extremely graphic.

Continue to see the statements, photos and lawsuit.


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Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

As our president mass murders children with drones? Do you even have a conscience? Cuckoo Jeff!

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

Figures Westword does not do a story on Barack the Butcher and his greatest kills of 2013. Dozens of dozens of children dead, not one peep from Backword.

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

But WestWord I thought Aurora was the worst city in Colorado? You do everything you can to disparage Aurora at every turn, how is it that the magical city of Denver has even worse cops?

J.T. Sexton
J.T. Sexton

Fucking disgusting. Denver is a great city, it really is, but the corrupt cops, DA's and judges have ruined what was once great. I have exiled myself from my country because of Denver. Alex is a fucking hero for standing up and staying in Denver. I am sure they are just waiting for him to slip up so they can try to throw him in jail for 100 years like me. Why would they want to throw me in jail for 100 years? For CONSENSUAL PHONE CALLS with my mentally ill ex girlfriend. None of these people will ever be held accountable for their actions and the general public doesn't care. So I left my country because of this but I'll be back when everyone stops acting like a bunch of pussies and we can take our country back from these tyrannical assholes. Save the world, kill a cop!

Missy Marsh
Missy Marsh

From Colorado and living in DC, this is the first I've even heard of this case. And that alone makes me sad. Thoughts and prayers for justice!

Val Weitz
Val Weitz

People always say "cops like these make the rest look bad". Well.... where are all the good cops speaking up and trying to get rid of the sadistic abusive racist assholes that are making you look bad? What? Don't you good cops care? Good cops are like a unicorn or a leprechaun.

Jessica Ward
Jessica Ward

Considering they have a history of abusing there position to use excessive force, what really would have to be done for them to have larger repercussions?

Jevan Russell
Jevan Russell

If you create and safe haven for scums, then it will attract scums. Our police force has protected unlawful behavior and have given police officers a pass to do what they want. This only attracts ppl who want to do unlawful things and be protected from being held accountable.

Ken McGill
Ken McGill

The expression on the two assholes faces looking at Alex tells the whole story.

Beau DjDirty Sanchez
Beau DjDirty Sanchez

Can we (the people) get a law passed already that makes it illegal for these rogue ass cops to become reinstated after such incidents??!!!

DDDD
DDDD

Fuck the Police

Jeff Greenberg
Jeff Greenberg

Like I have told people for years and years. You take your life into your own hands when you go to Denver at night. Denver cops are the worst criminals out there!

inspections1
inspections1

These three cops really need to be fired and charged with crimes, however; not all cops are bad. It's the ones that are cops to have power that give a bad name to the ones that really are cops for the right reasons. There are bad apples in all professions that need to be weeded out, but don't blanket ALL cops with the actions of a few. Whoever is doing the hiring really needs to check the psychology of the people they hire.

razorcaps
razorcaps

And now they want to ban and limit your gun rights. Throw out all involved in this gun ban!

OrganizeIt
OrganizeIt

Organize again Alex!  let us know early.  I'm angry

pharoah531
pharoah531

cop are terrorist....simple as that...

SatansWrath
SatansWrath

You know what the saddest part is? The fact that many readers want to post their story, but are too afraid to do so because they are still traumatized by their incident. One day the cops will be hired on their intelligence and not by how they can beat someone. These postings suggest that the people are not only finished with taking shit from the corrupt cops, but many are willing to respond equally or worse which shows the cops have done many things wrong. I am too traumatized to speak of my torture and assault in Colorado. They are dangerous and worse than all of the criminals combined having the authority they do, it's just not right. Jesus is a loser fuck piece of shit lie they use just to hurt people worse. I hate GOD for what they did to me and how GODLESS helps them evil criminal cops, judges and DA's. How many people in prison are waiting to get out to get even....1000's or 100,000's........reply and tell me what you think.

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16 topcommenter

According to Paul Craig Roberts, a former editor of the Wall Street Journal and former assistant secretary to the treasury under Ronald Reagan, "Police in the US now rival criminals, and exceed terrorists as the greatest threat to the American public."

jase.kunkel
jase.kunkel

i had a swat team take me out of my house and cuff me in front of my family and friends and 8 month pregnant wife, no idea what was going on but i cooperated and once i was outside some asshole pig tackled me to the ground, he hurt my neck pretty bad but i managed to break 3 of the pigs ribs with my elbow, at the hospital i was told they where sorry, it was the wrong house and that i was free to go, (i had to provide a ride home) still to this day i have no idea what the hell was the deal but now i carry two 45s and a 9mm on my ankle and i pity the cop that tries to hurt me again because he will be shot until i'm satisfied he is dead. i will never trust another pig, and i teach my children not to trust them either..... all you have is you so get armed stay armed and know your rights.

swampman61
swampman61

ever notice it takes 3 or 4 cops to beat the shit out of someone wonder how it would go if the playing field were more even? 

realistic5
realistic5

if i was pulled over by the cops and they tried to illegally search me and then beat me, you better believe I'm defending myself to the fullest extent of my power.


none
none

One of these officers, Randy Murr, was charged with lying about the use of force in a seperate incident. This was the beating of Michael DeHerrera in 2009. Cpl. Murr was terminated, rehired and terminated again. He was just rehired again last month.

birdkiller04
birdkiller04

the cops in my area are horrible in a different way. due to many police calls on my house (mainly on my renters), i am listed as a nuisance property. they gave me a 1,311 dollar fine and i now have to pay for any police calls. 60 dollars per hour per cop



cthack
cthack

IF that happened to me or any of my peeps I'd be going pig hunting, and I guarantee those motherfucking DPD officers would be picked off one by one. They would never even here the crack of that .308

kruzpedro
kruzpedro

I dont understand why the guy doesnt just pick any one of the 3 cops, wait outside his house, beat him literally to death with a baseball bat and then move to a real country. That might teach the next cop.

d6443229
d6443229

It isn't just Denver it is epidemic all across the country.  Sadly even though most of the communities try to get rid of bad cops the unions force  them to rehire the thugs.  What is worse is that eventually, and I think sooner rather than later, there is going to be some kind of back lash directed at the communities and states.  If they can no longer get insurance to cover themselves it will bust their budgets or bankrupt them.  Cops themselves are terrified of situations like Dormer retaliating against them.  Don't be surprised if it doesn't happen again.  Dormer only targeted certain people, the next one might be after whomever.

einsemerwolf
einsemerwolf

So, always remember.  Nobody is safe in Denver.  The police are more likely to be the danger you need them to help you with.

Will
Will

GOD BLESS CHRIS DORNER

sherm
sherm

I won't be coming to Denver,that's for sure! I used to work as a police cadet,in a suburb in Michigan back in the late seventy's. The police 'allegedly' followed a shoplifter from a well known mall,past city limits,had him cornered and stuck a shotgun down his crotch,and pulled the trigger. The best thing a citizen can do is get a CPL (ccw). Now you can rig your vehicle with small cameras that will transmit at different locations. Not all cops are bad,but alot of them are power hungry.They don't realize that they are just civil servants,and no more important than the garbageman or mailman.

LuvFortCollins
LuvFortCollins

Fort Collins Police Services, Denver Police Department, these two departments are full of crooks. Pretty sure it's a requirement that you are willing to perjure and beat people into submission to take a job in one of those two forces. We deserve better Colorado, demand the governor close these jokers down and prevent any cop employed there from working as a public servant in Colorado again!

Avary
Avary

Surprise, surprise. I have been the victim of the Denver polices' crooked antics when my rights were thrown out the window as they overpowered me, handcuffed me, all for refusing to allow them to enter my house without a warrant. DPD is trying to save some face by paying off the guy instead of prosecuting the real criminals, THE OFFICERS WHO BEAT A MAN'S FACE TO A PULP. Protect and serve is their motto, well, who the hell is going to protect me against the barbarians deemed "keepers of peace." 

Avary
Avary

Surprise, surprise. I have been the victim of the Denver polices' crooked antics when my rights were thrown out the window at the aim of their Baretta. DPD is trying to save some face by paying off the guy instead of prosecuting the real criminals, THE OFFICERS WHO BEAT A MAN'S FACE TO A PULP. Protect and serve is their motto, well, who the hell is going to protect me against the barbarians deemed "keepers of peace." 

sherry18mitchell
sherry18mitchell

@SatansWrath How is what happen to you God's fault? If at one time you believed in God than you had to of believed in Satan...by your name Id say you do...so your mad at God and want nothing to do with Him now when it was really an influence of satan that attacked you but you'll use his name....Im sorry for what happened to you but your train of thought has derailed some. Blame the one who caused it to happen...satan, I do hope you recover from your ordeal, I know it can be very painful and scary. I really am sorry that happened to you. 

nathanandjordanthomp
nathanandjordanthomp

Tell your renters you are going to raise the rent if they have anymore police disturbances and charge them for the fines you have collected from them.

bc.virginia
bc.virginia

@kruzpedro He does live in a real country, already. But, yeah, those cops do need a taste of their own medicine.

silentselassie
silentselassie

@2ndfurr You are obviously ub human, at best, and in bred, likely...  As one above said, I also, hope you are sterile..  You should be taken out, just like these corrupt sons of whore's cops. 

asdf
asdf

@2ndfurr You'll get yours, you little fuck. Karma's a bitch.

LuvFortCollins
LuvFortCollins

@sherm The garbagemen forgot to pick up the trash at the police station, the police!

charlesnorth920
charlesnorth920

@Avary Don't give criminals credit for being officers when they are not and never will be officers. They are thugs and trained liars and cover up artists and they need a serious overhaul in this shit scum state.

sherm
sherm

@Lex Sisneros   Yeah they shouldn't give them special protection in jail either, let them mix it up with the general population!

charlesnorth920
charlesnorth920

@bc.virginia Really corrupt and full of losers and liar white people who cheat and steal. Kruzpedro is standing his ground but that action is a run in with killers who cheat and lie. Don't forget, once you go there, there is no turning back.

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