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Denver Diner case: Judge rules City of Denver can be put on trial for police brutality


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Ms. Ortega (far left) is wearing a salmon/pink colored skirt with a white blouse; Officer Nixon (third from left) is a uniformed Denver Police Officer and Caucasian male with a shaved head who is wearing black gloves; Ms. Pena (far right) is wearing a red dress and has brown hair; Ms. Carrillo (on ground) is wearing jeans and a black t-shirt with a light red pattern in the front, currently handcuffed and seated with her head pressed forward; and an unknown Caucasian male (second from left) wearing a gray shirt and black pants is an employee from the Denver Diner.

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Ms. Vidal (top right) is wearing a white top and a black skirt; Ms. Ortega (bottom right); Officer Nixon (second from left); Ms. Pena (middle); Ms. Carrillo (on ground); unknown Denver Diner male (far left); and Ms. Boren and Ms. Thomas (far right) are currently not visible as they are behind the bicycle and tree.

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Officer Devine (top middle) is a uniformed Denver Police Officer with brown hair, holding a baton in his right hand; Ms. Boren and Ms. Thomas (far right) are currently obstructed as they are behind the bicycle and tree, although Ms. Thomas' arm can be seen coming into the picture from behind the tree; Ms. Ortega (bottom middle); Officer Nixon (top left); Ms. Pena (bottom right); unknown Denver Diner male (far left); Ms. Carrillo (on ground); and Ms. Vidal (top right).

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Ms. Boren (far right) is a Caucasian female, standing next to the bicycle taxi, with blond hair wearing a red dress and white blouse. Ms. Thomas (far right) is African-American, standing to the right of Ms. Boren. Both women are facing Officer Devine (middle), who is grabbing and pulling on Ms. Thomas' right arm. In Image 4, Officer Devine can be seen smoking a large cigar.

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Ms. Boren is pushed by Officer Devine and thrown backwards onto the ground. Fransisco Macias and Jay Spencer (top right) and other males are seen as well.

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Ms. Thomas is on the ground at the feet of Officer Nixon after being thrown down by Officer Devine. Ms. Thomas is unable to get up at this point.

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Officer Devine took his cigar out of his mouth and threw it to the ground. He then lunged towards Ms. Ortega and with his baton and shoved her backwards. Officer Devine then grabbed Ms. Ortega's left arm, partially spun her, and pulled her towards him. Ms. Ortega fell to her knees, and Officer Devine placed Ms. Ortega's left arm behind her back, and in a wrist lock. While holding Ms. Ortega's arm behind her back, Officer Devine forcibly placed his baton in between Ms. Ortega's neck and shoulder blade. Ms. Ortega was subdued, and at no time was she resisting arrest or combating Officer Devine. Ms. Ortega suffered bruising to her chest due to Officer Devine's violence against her.

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Officer Nixon approached Ms. Ortega while she was on her knees, restrained by Officer Devine. At point blank range, Officer Nixon pepper sprayed Ms. Ortega in the face and eyes. Ms. Ortega was immediately overcome with extreme and severe pain. Ms. Ortega screamed out, asking why she had been pepper sprayed.

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Officer Nixon is pepper spraying Ms. Thomas (Image 16), and then approaching closer and pepper spraying Ms. Boren (Image 17).

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Ms. Pena (middle) wearing the red dress is pleading with Officer Devine to not hurt Ms. Ortega.

Kelly Boren vs. The City and County of Denver

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30 comments
CloudGang
CloudGang

Fuck the police fuck fuck the police.

Chris Wilke
Chris Wilke

Denver police are thugs. They need to be held accountable for their conduct. They are here to protect and serve not arrest and beat citizens.

stevebeast
stevebeast

If the city didnt want lawsuits they should have fired Ricky Nixon after his first incident the mere fact that Officer Nixon still has a gun and a badge justifies the lawsuit

please god let me be on that jury

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

DPD = Violent Criminal Scumbags

Tracy Ann Spencer
Tracy Ann Spencer

Not to mention when one like myself cleans her life up and steady at it...for years now!!! just to have some sneaky shit done and bam...i no longer have a job....why?!!! because of one particular law enforcement person who gladly pushed to the limit to put my past 20 years ago of my life out there...and the humiliation of it as well....7 years...is what i understood from my app...Im appaulled!!! And so badly wanna scream his name all over FB!!! DPD you get what you give!!! Remember that!!!

Daniel Ahrens
Daniel Ahrens

The only thing this police department understands in punishment is $. Let it rip.

Tracy Ann Spencer
Tracy Ann Spencer

GOOD!!!! DPD gets away with way too much for decades and decades now!!! I being one to be harrassed and rights violated and excessive brutal force...its ridicules!!!

Mista D'Mac
Mista D'Mac

Hit them where it hurts, in the wallet. Maybe they'll actually work on cleaning up the department instead of rehiring these guys

Roman Kulwicki
Roman Kulwicki

The Police department is corrupt. What gives them the right to assault someone like that when normal people get arrested all the time for lame ass crap.

Carrie Appel
Carrie Appel

Hell yes. They are public SERVANTS. They work for US.

Kym Bloom
Kym Bloom

Absolutely. There are too many reports of their brutality.

Eugene AkaGeno
Eugene AkaGeno

It's pretty bad when you are afraid of the ones that are suppose to be protecting you. DPD is strait evil.

audreyhatfield
audreyhatfield

Sue them and make them accountable for their actions!

Ross Tucker
Ross Tucker

i hear of far too many instances of that shit about the denver pd... its horseshit that they've been able to get away with it this long... time for something to be done about it... the badge means you're there to "protect and serve" not to abuse peoples rights and power trip

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

There is no way in hell a cop will receive the same treatment from the courts as any average citizen . It will NEVER happen !....

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