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