Officer-involved shootings up in monitor's report on Denver law enforcers

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Earlier today, we highlighted one section from the Office of the Independent Monitor's annual report -- a recommendation for discipline against an officer who bloodied a handcuffed Patricia Lucero that wasn't accepted by the Manager of Safety's Office. But there's plenty of other interesting information in the seventy-page document, including an increase in officer-involved shootings, with many of them involving individuals in the midst of a mental-health crisis. We've got details, graphics and the complete document below.

Complaints against cops tend to support the bad-apple theory. As this graphic demonstrates, a clear majority of officers received no complaints during 2013, while a much smaller number accounted for the lion's share. Note that .2 percent of force members received a seven or more complaints during the calendar year:

Another graphic depicting discipline against officers shows that only one was fired in 2013 -- but nine resigned during the course of an investigation.
Although the report doesn't include names, the document does touch on incidents that led to resignations. Some examples:

• An officer who'd responded to a 911 call involving a female victim of domestic violence took photos of her injuries while she was partially disrobed, gave the victim his phone number and made "inappropriate sexual comments about her physical appearance."

• An officer "allegedly had sexual encounters with a community member while on duty."

• An officer resigned after his girlfriend accused him of having inappropriate sexual material on his computer.

• An officer "was alleged to have used illegal controlled substances and conducted unlawful criminal history searches on behalf of the individuals selling those controlled substances."

• An officer seized controlled substances but didn't deliver them into evidence on three separate occasions, and subsequently tested positive for cocaine.

• Two officers resigned after DUI-related incidents.

Equally troubling is the number of officer-involved shootings -- and a possible pattern that seems to be emerging.

Continue for more about the Office of the Independent Monitor's annual report, including additional graphics and the complete document.

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 The only "good" officer-involved shooting --

Florida man invokes ‘Stand your ground’ after shooting sheriff’s deputy

A Pensacola, FL court is set to decide on Friday whether 24-year-old Keenan Finkelstein is criminally liable for shooting a deputy sheriff in the leg in March of 2013. According to the Pensacola News-Journal, Finkelstein and his defense team are pinning their hopes on the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.

On the night of March 20, 2013, Escambia County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Shedrick Johnson and other police officers were searching on foot for a robbery suspect in the Scenic Hills area of Pensacola. A robbery victim told police that someone from a home located on the 8800 block of Burning Tree Road had stolen marijuana and a handgun from his residence.

Police converged on the home and saw Finkelstein — who was not the subject the police were searching for — emerge from the house’s garage. Sgt. Johnson said that he emerged from a hiding place behind a tree and identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy.

Finkelstein produced a gun and fired, striking Johnson in the leg.

Finkelstein’s attorney Brandon Moros is arguing along with his client that Johnson emerged from the shadows without identifying himself and that Finkelstein fired in self-defense. Moros contends that Finkelstein’s actions were justified under “Stand Your Ground.”

Chad Kautzer
Chad Kautzer

Denver has one of the most out of control police forces in the country. No accountability, no oversight (worth its salt). Outsiders look at Denver PD as a murderous gang sanctioned by the state... with mayors running around behind them promising to keep it that way if they support their candidacy. It's embarrassing.

Emm Deeze
Emm Deeze

Jay has the right idea. Every officer should wear a camera at all times. Both for their protection and ours.

Renee Ortiz
Renee Ortiz

Aaaaaaahahahahahahahahaha. For you guys to even ask that question is ridiculous. Of course it isn't enough!! And then everyone wonders why people can't stand most cops.

Jay Baerga
Jay Baerga

they all need camera on them like other cops in other states. you should not fear a cop but we do

Jeff Bones
Jeff Bones

Douglas County needs the most thorough investigation of all.

John Batiato
John Batiato

no and its a big problem in this country.

Dominic Lopez
Dominic Lopez

no there not there are way to many cases that cops get away with misconduct all the time the get a pay cut and a suspension and thats about it and there back on the streets again

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