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Photos: Patricia Lucero was bloodied by a Denver cop who wasn't disciplined

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More photos below.
Update below: This morning, the Office of the Independent Monitor, charged with overseeing and evaluating the actions of the Denver Police Department and the Denver County Sheriff's Office, issued its annual report. We'll be digging into the complete document in a separate post. But first, we'd like to focus on a single paragraph -- one that recounts the arrest of Patricia Lucero, who was left bloodied in an encounter with Denver cops. The monitor recommended that one officer be disciplined for her actions, but the Manager of Safety's Office disagreed.

Update: Here's the statement from the Manager of Safety's Office regarding its decision not to impose discipline on the officer in question, sent to Westword following the publication of this post:

"The Chief considered and determined what he believed to be the appropriate discipline in this matter. Pursuant to the City Charter, a reprimand is a disciplinary order the Chief is authorized to issue, which does not require an independent review by our office. Per established and agreed upon processes between our office and the Independent Monitor, in the instance where the Monitor disagrees with the Chief's decision, the Monitor makes a formal request in writing to the Safety Department for an official review of the disciplinary decision. At no time did the Monitor make such a request related to the [Officer Marika] Putnam matter. In light of the discipline that was imposed per the authority of the Chief and in the absence of the noted request by the Monitor, the Chief's Order of discipline stood. Had a request for official review by the Monitor been received by the Safety Department, it would have engaged in a review to determine whether the Chief's disciplinary decision was reasonable."
Update two: After publishing the Manger of Safety's Office statement, we heard from Independent Monitor Nicholas Mitchell, who took exception to some claims. His response reads:
The Manager of Safety's Office released a statement indicating that it did not review the DPD's decision to exonerate the involved officer, as the OIM never asked it to examine the case. This is not accurate. On June 25, July 3, July 5, and again on August 30, I sent written communications to the Deputy Manager of Safety expressing my disagreement with the DPD's proposed handling of the case, and recommending to the Manager that discipline be imposed consistent with the OIM's position. The Manager of Safety's Office also participated in meetings with the OIM and DPD Command staff regarding this case on July 9 and August 30 in which the OIM made formal disciplinary recommendations. In those same meetings, the Manager of Safety's Office articulated its position on the disciplinary outcome for the involved officer.
The original post continues....

The report arrives against the backdrop of criticism aimed at OIM and monitor Nicholas Mitchell by the Reverend Reginald C. Holmes, pastor of New Covenant Christian Church Alpha and Omega Ministries, and a past president of the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance.

In a column for the Colorado Independent, Holmes writes about a recent meeting between Alliance members and city officials in regard to an incident, also reported by the Independent, during which Deputy Brady Lovingier was caught on video slamming African-American inmate Anthony Waller into a wall. Here's the clip:

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Amid Holmes's complaints about the city's tardy response to Lovingier's actions (it took a year for him to be disciplined), he suggests that OIM lacks teeth. "The one safety net built into the system should be the Office of the Independent Monitor, which was set up to watchdog city safety officials," he writes. "But in practice, that office shows little true independence, but rather mirrors the administration's lack of commitment to ending misconduct."

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The Reverend Reginald C. Holmes.
In response, Mitchell, who typically lets OIM reports speak for him, shared a statement with Westword that refutes the contention that his office lacks independence and points to the Lucero matter as an example of how its discipline recommendations aren't always accepted.

The references to the incident in the report (it appears on page twenty) are generic. Lucero isn't named, nor are time, date or place information provided.

The passage states that two officers were called to an apartment in response to a 911 hang-up call. Upon their arrival, they encountered Lucero, who is said to have been intoxicated.

The officers subsequently decided to take Lucero into protective custody for detoxification, but after she was handcuffed, she "attempted to step towards and yell at her boyfriend multiple times," the report states. In response, one of the officers "maneuvered the woman head-first towards walls in a manner that risked serious injury."

This statement is underscored by photos provided by the Manager of Safety's Office. The majority of them show evidence at the scene, including images of bloodstains like this one....

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...and this one:

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But others capture the damage done to Lucero herself -- most graphically this shot:

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Additional images depict Lucero following treatment.

Continue to see more photos of Patricia Lucero after her encounter with police, and get additional information about the incident.



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71 comments
fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

There are enough Bad Apples to fill an orchard. 


We the People must stop deifying the police. They deserve to be held accountable for misconduct.

truartagenda
truartagenda

The extreme technological power, sensed by authority figures, by the fact that the NSA has been legitimized, makes for more likely abuse. Most police in Colorado are military trained, without a sense of individuality. 

beccasorber
beccasorber

I have found OIM very much like you descirbed above.  My son was beated while lying on  his back and handcuffed.  They went into the kitchen and got a food scale and told him if he didn't say he was ok they were going to charge him with 'selling drugs' and that they could do that since they had the scale.  So when they got him back to the jail they dropped the resisting arrest and the 'selling' charge because he didn't report the abuse.  They transfered him to Larimer County Jail and by the time I saw him his body was covered with bruises from his arm pits down to his waist line.  Larimer County refused to let any pictures be taken and by the time he saw the judge the bruises were healed.  I demanded the judge order the jail to let him see the doctor and they did x-rays and he had 3 broken ribs . We filed a report and the OIM send us a letter back saying, "After reviewing the medical records there was no injury found."  WHAT medical records did they review??? That department is a waste of time and energy.  My father was a cop for many years and thank the stars he gone now because he would be up in arms with this behavior of his beloved police force.

BADKarma
BADKarma

"Maneuvered" having the meaning, in this instance, of "Slammed her face-first into the wall four or five times, to teach that dirty Serf a lesson"...

cden95
cden95

welcome to the united the united police states of america


Jimmy Crane
Jimmy Crane

It's no wonder why people are afraid to call to po these days

Jimmy Crane
Jimmy Crane

Excessive violence is still violence ... This officer should be held accountable for their actions

Ryan Darling
Ryan Darling

the problem is this happened when she was restrained...

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

Where are these cameras that Denver supposedly makes officers wear on duty? Had it not been started or is it a complete fantasy someone had

JRup Sheppard
JRup Sheppard

he shouldn't of turned away from him. thats what you get. jk lol what a fucking douche bag donut puncher

MsNewstarr
MsNewstarr

are you kidding me the JUDGE DID NOTHING?!?!??!?!?!?!! 

corrupt doesn't even begin to describe this.  disgusting.

absolutely despicable.  embarrassing and completely unjustified. 

GREAT SYSTEM YOU GOT THERE.

Keith Stone
Keith Stone

The cops are power tripping and heavy handed...would anyone feel safe getting pulled over?

RL Walking Encyclopedia
RL Walking Encyclopedia

mandatory cameras on all police officers at all times. Complaints to be reviewed and handled by an independent commission.

JR Stradtner
JR Stradtner

This keeps happening more and more. When will we come together and take our government back?! Oink oink

Jay Baerga
Jay Baerga

all i hear is talk i see no action toward the pigs

Mary Jane Martin
Mary Jane Martin

Preet....she was already handcuffed And yelling at her boyfriend. So justice includes smashing in her face?

Dan Ruisi
Dan Ruisi

At first I said to myself "that's pretty gruesome for a mainstream newspaper," but then I realized it was necessary. Police are never held accountable, in any of the cities I live in. It's time to make the police wear a camera, but their unions would never allow that.

Jason Joyce
Jason Joyce

The Denver Police Department is killin' it! (almost literally).

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

DPD = Violent Criminal Thugs with badges and guns

JimTom
JimTom

Hey what do expect when you are drunk, call the cops and then resist. I guess you shouldn't have been drunk eh?

Mario Cianca Betancourt
Mario Cianca Betancourt

The job of a cop is not to judge or punish anybody. Those pigs should be removed from the police forces and put in prison.

JP Ethan Parker
JP Ethan Parker

Maybe she should think twice before breaking the law................................................

Preet Self Made Kahlon
Preet Self Made Kahlon

Ohhh biased media, no one here is asking what she did or why the police officer did this to her, maybe she was resisting arrest. Maybe she was selling drugs to a kid?- but no--- the cop broke the innocent ladies face is all you say and see. As far as im concerned justice is served. And please dont make this a political or race issue, its not. Grow up kids, if your having run ins like this with the cops, chances are you are not so innocent.

Alex Rogers
Alex Rogers

poor girl. that being said, i don't think this would be big news if it were a man they slammed into a wall

Bubba Garcia
Bubba Garcia

Fuck these crooked ass pigs. Biggest pussies ever! Have to beat up on someone with handcuffs on because they know they won't get hit back! Bitch made if you ask me!

Conrad Luethy
Conrad Luethy

i wish someone would start killing these pigs

Andrace Lopez
Andrace Lopez

they should have security guard authority. way too much power is givin to them. that goes for ALL those in government. there is no such thing as "we the people" just them....

Albert Martinez
Albert Martinez

Westword...when did you change your name to Fox News?

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs

Denver cops are out of control.

Mario Cianca Betancourt
Mario Cianca Betancourt

Here it is for all the folks out there that claim that guns are to protect yourself and your family. In cases like this is when you should use them and shoot those bastards in uniform. I think is really funny when someone say that keeping guns will prevent government abuses, well your guns are doing nothing so far.

JimTom
JimTom

WOW and the next time a criminal is effecting your life you will be screaming for the help of those same "pigs". Hey Conrad I have a CCW so don't ever make a mistake around me cause I just might shoot your stupid ass.

JimTom
JimTom

Neither is your ignorance. We keep guns to protect us from loser like you and your like.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom  The verb is AFFECTING, you delusional gun-loon Rambo..


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