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Alex Landau beating: Attorney says decision not to charge officers ignores key evidence

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Photos, documents below.
Last week, Denver Manager of Safety Alex Martinez announced that there would be no charges against the three Denver police officers who nearly beat college student Alex Landau to death in 2009. Afterward, Independent Monitor Nicholas Mitchell said Landau's claim that an Internal Affairs officer tried to dissuade him from filing a complaint still needs to be investigated. An attorney agrees -- and adds that conflicting stories about a bloody handprint on a gun undermine Martinez's conclusion.

As we've reported, Landau and passenger Addison Hunold were pulled over in January 2009, allegedly over an illegal left turn.

Officers Ricky Nixon, Randy Murr and Tiffany Middleton subsequently found marijuana and asked if they could search the vehicle's trunk. Landau responded by asking if they had a warrant -- after which the situation spun out of control. Landau was brutally beaten, supposedly because he'd gone for an Middleton's gun. Afterward, he remembers one officer asking, "Where's that warrant now, you fucking nigger?"

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A photo of Landau after the 2009 incident.
Landau, assisted by lawyer John Holland, later filed a lawsuit and received a $795,000 settlement from the City of Denver. But the officers weren't punished for their actions after either a federal civil-rights inquiry or investigations by assorted Denver entities. On Friday, Martinez's office released a statement that reads in part, "The Manager of Safety determines there is insufficient evidence to sustain any allegations of inappropriate force, racial slurs or deceptive conduct by Officers Ricky Nixon, Randy Murr and Tiffany Middleton for the incident with Mr. Alexander Landau. Other than reprimands by the Chief of Police for failure to make complete reports, no disciplinary action is taken against any of the involved officers."

Beyond the beating itself, however, the lawsuit also features Landau's account of his reception when he complained to the Internal Affairs Bureau about what had happened to him. Here's his account from the original January 2011 lawsuit, on view below:

Sergeant Virginia Quinones, the IAB [Internal Affairs Bureau] intake worker taking Plaintiff's initial complaint of racism and brutality, actually discouraged Plaintiff from making his complaint several times. This intake worker accused Plaintiff of lying, telling him that he should "grow up," take responsibility for his actions, and that his intimidated friend was on "our side, not your side."

IAB consciously decided not to even speak to Addison Hunold about what he witnessed before making their determination.

IAB suggested to the badly injured Plaintiff during his initial complaint that he was bringing false charges, making it clear that the matter would not be neutrally investigated, but rather had been pre-decided.

After Plaintiff complained about his being called a "nigger" by one of the male police officers, the IAB interviewer outrageously accused him of "playing the race card" when Plaintiff suggested that there was a racial motivation behind his beating.

These issues are absent from various documents released in support of the Manager of Safety's decision against prosecuting the officers, and that troubled Independent Monitor Mitchell. In a statement, he concurred with the choice not to pursue charges, but added, "I previously recommended that the Manager take action to investigate and address this allegedly biased complaint intake interview. I was disappointed to hear the Manager, in his press conference today, indicate that today's decision marks the end of the administrative investigations and employment actions related to Mr. Landau. I do not believe that Mr. Landau's complaint will be fully addressed until the alleged bias in the Internal Affairs intake interview has been investigated and resolved."

Attorney Holland agrees. "We told them we wanted the investigation reopened specifically about the race charge," he says. "How could you blow off a kid coming in by telling him he played the race card? But they didn't investigate it, they didn't talk about it, they didn't mention it. That's a breech of the agreement."

Equally suspect in Holland's view is the lack of attention paid to conflicting reports about the aforementioned bloody handprint. Two officers either specifically mentioned it or alluded to it, while another denied its existence -- and rejected suggestions that she'd wiped it off.

Continue for more about the Alex Landau case and the bloody handprint.



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26 comments
danholan
danholan

Hang the fucking pigs..!!

ChrisKimball
ChrisKimball

"Where's that warrant now, nigger?" Epic! Classic! I salute these fine officers! Never take any shit from niggers!

Peter Malessa
Peter Malessa

Since there is no Reginald Denihy to illicit sympathy from the other side, case closed. 1992 and it's still the same.

iamsooooosure
iamsooooosure

I would like to see BIGGER and MORE pics of a bloodied Mr. Landau plastered all over the city so everyone is FORCED to see it....Anyone up for an outdoor billboard drive?

Val Weitz
Val Weitz

Let us just stick our heads in the sand and hope it all gets better. Enough with the actual pictures of the victim you are harshin my cool. Could we please get a Kenny B cartoon representation of the events instead. Shame on you Westward for bummin out my manic positive happy hour vibes bro.

Blair Bryngelson
Blair Bryngelson

keep posting pics like this. as long as it's happening, I would prefer to see them so the conversation stays active and eventually a solution will come out of the continued conversations.

Blair Bryngelson
Blair Bryngelson

corrupt law enforcement and their protectors. sick and wrong

Ryan Terpstra
Ryan Terpstra

Standard operating procedure for DPD. Oh, you think my attitude slanders those good cops on the force? Yes, it does. Take care of the assclowns that are part of your organization, hold them accountable, and show the public that you're not protecting and condoning the pricks - and THEN you'll get some more consideration from the rest of us.

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

Fuck that. Keep showing these pics. Show all the victims, & especially of the very piece of shit asshole cop who got his job back on a technicality. ...so when we see him we cane make sure to have cameras ready. Cops hate cameras.

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

Brandy there's a lot to be said in those regards. Those "criminal" cops who do shit like this...get away with it because the others keep their mouths shut and back their "brothers". That makes them just as guity.

Lisa Wolf DeWitt
Lisa Wolf DeWitt

I can't think of any situation where busting up someone's face like this woulld be warranted. If he went for the officer's gun then subdue him and put the cuffs on him if you're close enough to do this kind of damage.

Tarik Ocon
Tarik Ocon

Join this page - Police the Police - (A Community Project)

Brandy Scott
Brandy Scott

You hate cops? ya, until you need one one day. Hate the dumb ass criminals- not cops- many cops are good and risk their lives for fucktards-- ungrateful asshole.

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

Enough of the "horrific" pictures. Most people feel helpless against the Denve and other police departemtns, so until you propose a SOLUTION knock of the gory jounalism.

Angela Lutz
Angela Lutz

Stop posting this fu*king picture, PLEASE!

gracecollision
gracecollision

@iamsooooosure Why would you care about the "Highlands Ranch" crowd? They are not citizens of Denver, therefore they are not in a position to either hire, fire, elect or represent anyone in Denver.

  This is a Denver problem, you guys keep electing the same Progressive/Liberal slime and expect a different result. Maybe you could learn a thing or two from other parts of Colorado where these problems don't exist.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Blair Bryngelson Thanks for the post, Blair.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Mane Rok Thanks for weighing in, Mane Rok.

iamsooooosure
iamsooooosure

@Brandy Scott Read a book, sweetheart...I know some cops are 'cute'.....

iamsooooosure
iamsooooosure

@Fred Kaplan So until a SOLUTION is found in the Middle East,  let's quit showing the bodies, right? Simple.

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

@gracecollision @iamsooooosure You mean the parts where the un-educated minorities that the cops 'hope' don't know their civil rights DON'T live?

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