Videos: Patricia Lucero slammed into walls by cop in controversial no-discipline incident

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Videos below.
Update below: Yesterday, we shared a post about Patricia Lucero, who was bloodied during an incident involving a Denver police officer. The Office of the Independent Monitor recommended that the officer be disciplined, but the Manager of Safety's office disagreed.

We've now obtained surveillance footage showing what happened. It captures the officer pushing or slamming Lucero's face into walls on several occasions.

See the clips and get more details below.

In the first video, time-stamped December 28, 2012, Lucero and her boyfriend can be seen sitting in a hallway outside an apartment. Two officers subsequently emerge from the apartment, and at around the 1:50 mark, they attempt to handcuff Lucero. She can be seen struggling and shouting, at which point she's forced to the ground and the cuffs are finally attached.

The female officer subsequently pulls Lucero to her feet and pushes her face-first into a wall, then spins her face into the same wall seconds later.

Note that this video, like the others, is soundless.

Raw footage: Patricia Lucero incident, part 3 from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

At about the sixteen-second mark of this video, which captures a location near a pair of elevators, the female officer can be seen slamming Lucero's head into the corner of another wall.

Raw footage: Patricia Lucero incident, part 1 from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

Finally, this video shows a large bloodstain inside the elevator and drip marks on the floor -- as well as the cleaning crew mopping them up.

Raw footage: Patricia Lucero incident, part 2 from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

Another video features Lucero being interviewed after the incident, as shared by the Denver Post:

Here's the description of the incident in the Office of the Independent Monitor's annual report:

Two officers were called to an apartment in response to a 911 hang up call, and decided to take an intoxicated female into protective custody for detoxification. After the woman was handcuffed, she attempted to step towards and yell at her boyfriend multiple times. One of the officers twice maneuvered the woman head-first towards walls in a manner that risked serious injury. The woman did, in fact, receive a laceration to her head that required multiple sutures to close. When taking individuals into protective custody, officers have an affirmative obligation to "make every reasonable effort to protect the detainee's health and safety."5 The OIM recommended that the officer be disciplined for using inappropriate force and failing to protect a detainee who was handcuffed and otherwise vulnerable, but the Manager of Safety's Office did not accept our recommendation. The Chief of Police ultimately reprimanded the officer for failing to maintain certification on the use of police nunchucks, and no further disciplinary action was taken.
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A photo of Patricia Lucero after the incident, provided by the Manager of Safety's Office.
And here's a statement from the Manager of Safety's Office regarding the decision not to impose discipline on the officer, Marika Putnam.
"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 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: After posting the statement from the Manager of Safety's Office, we received a reply from OIM's Mitchell, taking exception to some of the 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.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa March 13: "Photos: Patricia Lucero was bloodied by a Denver cop who wasn't disciplined."


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27 comments
Comanche_Moon
Comanche_Moon

She spit at the other guy that was cuffed. Apparently the cop didn't like that. 

klarter
klarter

Those cops should the fired and put in jail for a very long time.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Getting roughed up by the city police is all part of the Denver Experience. It's not all pot shops and microbrews in the Mile High City. :D

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

The Chief, from La. thinks this is ok. Look at the size of the cop? T his is the future of Den ver's cops brutality ok'd by the chief Funny how we didn't have this under a white chief and a white mayor.

Randall Erkelens
Randall Erkelens

She seemed overly beaten-up in the multiple videos. But what we can't hear is the audio. She wasn't exactly being 100% passive. At one point, it looked like she was lunging at her boyfriend.. maybe trying to spit in his face. Does that warrant getting your head slammed? Probably not. But police have to deal with all kinds of drunk a-holes all the time. Notice her boyfriend in all the videos. He's passive and doing what he's told. And guess what, nothing happens to him. The girl resists to getting handcuffs on and some of the directed walking. Watch the videos.

seanmilano
seanmilano

Let's take the cops away and see how long your opinions hold up. 

ImNotSmart
ImNotSmart

The U.S.A. is now 'occupied' by a FOREIGN global banking cartel. The  police are their violent, mindless enforcers. They are just too stupid to know they are being used against their own people When the FINAL false flag is executed, martial law will be declared in the name of National Security....The police will then be viewed as 'domestic terrorists' just like the rest of us by the men pulling the strings....Once again, these guys are too STUPID to understand their role in the world...Probably because they are sadistic NAZI fucks....You are witnessing the de-humanization of human beings by a group of mindless thugs that will follow any order without question, including murdering their own citizens for protesting or resisting this take-over...Remember this the next time the mainstream media tries to paint these cowards as 'heroes'...Nothing could be further from the truth.

kadargo
kadargo

I noticed that the priority seemed to be to get the blood cleaned up.  The whole time the janitor was cleaning up the blood, the woman was left to sit on the floor and bleed.  Wow.

Monkey
Monkey

Our militarized police force has been waging war on citizens in the name of safety for too long. It's a sad thing when people like myself feel safer when police aren't around. I would never call police on my worst enemy, no matter how much police say I would. The only time I would ever call police is if I was forced to file a report for insurance or legal reasons. I don't think there are a few bad apples, I think there are few good apples, with the majority acting like gang members instead of peace officers. 

Robert Tolbert
Robert Tolbert

Many of us were assaulted by DenverPD during a peaceful protest on november 5th. bicycle cops hit us with their bikes. Cops in patrol cars were reaching out of the car to hit protesters and pushing us with the cars. And the swat team was hitting us with night sticks and violently shoving people down to the ground. And keep in mind it was a PEACE march, we had women and children in the crowd. And I have nothing but negative things to say about federal heights police ACAB!

Denver Westword
Denver Westword

Crazy story Kirby Shane Simmons. Thanks for sharing it.

Sam Uhlmann
Sam Uhlmann

Wow must be nice to be able to beat someone up and slam their head for no apparent reason and it be no big deal. Whereas if the lady happened to fight back in the slightest manor the officer would charge her with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Cops are lowlife violent Neanderthal SCUM!

Clay Baker
Clay Baker

That's the thing Kirby... Enough people do care, they are just afraid to do anything because of these domestic terrorist. Enough is enough. Everybody needs to do their part to hold these cunts accountable.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

Who in authority can do this without getting fired?

Clay Baker
Clay Baker

No it's not right. And even if they were disciplined, the most they would get is a paid vacation. ACAB

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@klarter  Jail time for the officer seems extremely unlikely, klarter -- but some of our readers definitely appear to share your view. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

We think you're joking, Steven, but we can't be sure. Either way, we're featuring your post as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for weighing in.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

The Independent Monitor acknowledges that Lucero wasn't wholly cooperative, which makes this a trickier case than some. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Randall.

kadargo
kadargo

There is NEVER a good excuse to brutally attack someone who is restrained in handcuffs.  If a cop can't take what someone is saying, and respond by only talking back, then it's time for that cop to find another job.  If you or I would have had someone restrained and did that, we would be facing charges.

kadargo
kadargo

@seanmilano There is absolutely NO excuse for this kind of behavior.  The woman was in handcuffs!

kadargo
kadargo

@seanmilano Better yet, let's put you in handcuffs and slam your head into a wall until you start gushing blood and see if your opinion holds up.

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