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Videos: Inmate slammed into wall by deputy sues Denver for $5 million

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A screen capture of Anthony Waller being slammed into a courtroom wall. Videos and more below.
Last week, we told you about a $3.25 million settlement agreement in the case of Jamal Hunter, who maintained that the City of Denver failed to properly protect him after he says inmates scalded his genitals with boiling water and two deputies attacked him in an incident caught on video.

Now, Anthony Waller, an inmate whose face-smashing encounter with a Denver deputy was also captured on video, has filed his own lawsuit against Denver. His demand: $5 million. Details, videos and original documents below.

See also: $3.25 million settlement in Jamal Hunter suit latest blemish on Denver Sheriff's Department

As we've reported, the Colorado Independent first shared the video of Deputy Brady Lovingier slamming Waller into a courtroom wall. Here's the clip, which shows what happened from a different angle than one seen in the 7News piece that broke the news about yesterday's filing of the Waller lawsuit:

The time stamp on the video shows that the images were originally grabbed back in September 2012. However, no punishment was doled out until September of 2013, a year later. Moreover, Lovingier only received a thirty-day suspension for his actions, as outlined in a decision letter on view below.

Coincidentally, Hunter filed his original lawsuit in September 2012. But the case gained new momentum last month, after newly released documents offered shocking info, including references to porn, pot, on-duty drunkenness and brutality at Denver's jail. Weeks later, the City of Denver agreed to settle the case for the aforementioned $3.25 million sum. The Denver City Council is expected to sign off on the deal as early as next week.

This payout is mentioned in the Waller suit, as are other settlements of its type. The document notes that "Denver City Attorney David Fine reported to the Denver City Council in September of 2010 that the city of Denver has spent nearly $6.2 million since 2004 to settle lawsuits involving police officers, and nearly all of the payouts were for allegations of excessive force." The complaint points out that "these statistics do not even include lawsuits against the City and County of Denver arising out of Sheriff's Department conduct," including the Hunter matter.

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Anthony Waller as seen in a 7News interview.
The Waller lawsuit is shared in its entirety below, but here's an excerpt justifying the $5 million damage request:
Defendants' conduct was performed under color of state law and directly or proximately caused the deprivation of Plaintiff Waller's well established federally protected rights. Denver has a continuing, persistent and widespread practice of unconstitutional misconduct by its law enforcement (both Denver Police and Denver Sheriff's Department) of engaging in excessive force against persons with which Denver law enforcement must contact. Denver is deliberately indifferent to the use of excessive force and by its deliberate indifference approves, condones, and ratifies its law enforcements' use of force, which is performed through official custom, policy, or practice.

This incident is one of many resulting from Denver's custom policy and practice of engaging in excessive force and failing to monitor, safeguard and protect the health and safety of detainees in the custody of the Denver Sheriff's Department.

Look below to see the 7News piece about the Waller filing, followed by the lawsuit and the decision letter regarding Lovingier's thirty-day suspension.

Anthony Waller Lawsuit

Brady Lovingier Decision Affirming 30 Day Suspension

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129 comments
Randall Erkelens
Randall Erkelens

Where's the audio transcript? It's possible the inmate was failing to comply with instructions!??

Michael Price
Michael Price

Pretty sure the city has insurance but 3.25 million?!? Seems excessive. Maybe this is finally the way for the city and county to wake up and start holding these criminals they've hired accountable instead of paying them while the investigation goes on and sticking up for them??

Anthony Anrig
Anthony Anrig

Fuck Denver PD. Denver cops are little more than toll collectors. The ones that lurk near the Arby's off of Sheridan by Lakeside literally do nothing but sit and wait for someone with an expired plate or whatever bullshit reason they can come up with because they LITERALLY have nothing else to do with their time. Worthless pieces of shit that have zero comprehension that they are public servants, thinking they're some untouchable gang of fuckwits that the law doesn't apply to them too. Karyl Kochevar Ruck you are beyond ignorant. Breaking a law does NOT mean you get treated like shit. Breaking laws to enforce a law does NOT equal justice. Maybe you should brush up on law. You don't know a thing about recidivism (oh, a big scary polysyllabic word you'll probably need to Google to understand...). How about you go back to olive garden to shovel your face full of garbage. Since that's the only thing that comes out of your mouth.

Dustin Nelson
Dustin Nelson

This behavior will not stop until prosecution inprisonment and the money taken from police coffers

Taye Davis
Taye Davis

What dumbasses. So...the guy who got a DUI, the rapist, and the guy who had some weed on him are all on the same level? Let's wait until your simple ass forgets to pay a ticket and get caught with a suspended license. When they beat your skull in...remember you are a piece of shit who totally had it coming. \U0001f61e

PayUp
PayUp

ALL public servants, especially law enforcement, should be mandated to be bonded and insured, the policy paid for out of their OWN pockets. If no insurance company is willing to take on that gamble, than these “high risk” people will be unable to gain employment in these fields.

If the bureaucracy chooses to hire them without such insurance, then at such time that these government employees abrogate the parameters of their position and are sued by their victims, the already overburdened taxpayer should NEVER be liable for their unlawful conduct and actions. ?

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

Judge Burd just stood by and watched. What a turd. If he had any balls or skills at judging he would have called the cops bullshit on the spot.

Brian Alan Franks
Brian Alan Franks

Pay from the police budget and stop paying the bad cops who are the real thugs....the world is tired of these cowards hiding behind their badge...make them accountable...prison time so they will get the shit beat out of them daily.

A James Brown
A James Brown

Reread it please. The only department to not REQUIRE an education beyond a high school diploma. I said nothing about how many of them have more education. Only that it is not required. Perhaps some of us should revisit our own educations?

Karyl Kochevar Ruck
Karyl Kochevar Ruck

When are we going to stop crying about criminals? Boohoo he got his face slammed! WTF? Should we pamper them and make life super wonderful? Come on people... You break the law, you get treated like shit! End of story!! Maybe we would have repeat criminals in the system all the time!

Rockpile Ranter
Rockpile Ranter

How many more beatings do you need to hear about before you think the Chief has lost control? I get there is no easy solution but eventually someone will have to be accountable right?

Deena Duncan
Deena Duncan

I feel fine about taxpayers funding these sorts of payouts. Eventually, taxpayers will get tired of paying out, and will demand changes in the government they allow. Until then, they've allowed this. Dig deep, taxpayers.

Daniel G. Vigil Jr.
Daniel G. Vigil Jr.

How the fuck do you know if the entire police for is uneducated? How narrow-minded and ignorant can you be. Dumbest comment on this feed.

Lisa A Kelley
Lisa A Kelley

I thought there was a limit as to how much money someone can get from the city/county government.

Joel Shover
Joel Shover

I hope someone slams the cop against a wall when he tries to have his day in court! Wtf is wrong with these crazy lawdogs these days?

Stephen Felt
Stephen Felt

I understand that they deal with wackos daily but the city can't keep paying these multimillion dollar lawsuits because they can't control their tempers.

Robert Shoaf
Robert Shoaf

Stephen Felt fuck sensitivity like the gang bangers say don't start no shit and there won't be any shit'. Everybody stating that the Police over react need to actually understand the pressure of their job. They put up with the dregs of society and it ill's all day everyday. Most Police behave rationally, yet you have one bad encounter and you go all ape shit. Who really has self control?

Mista D'Mac
Mista D'Mac

Instead of pulling it out of tax dollars, pull it from the department paychecks. They will start shaping up real quick.

Julia Blackmon
Julia Blackmon

DPD needs to remember that inmates are human beings. This deputy and all other brutal officers should lose their jobs, no questions asked. this type of behaviour from those who are supposed to serve and protect us is absolutely unacceptable!

Gonzo Trev
Gonzo Trev

I can straight up say "fu** those racist cops." They deserve to be in a cell ASAP! Any judge that witnessed what we saw in the video knows they should get assault charges as were being read to the inmate. The judge and inmate were speaking with no issue and he had the right to speak. Then Nazi boy took him and body slammed his ass into a wall and talked to him in a very racist tone. "You can't turn on me boy! Get on your feet boy!" If you ask me it's a damn hate crime. After living in Denver my only fear about the cops and Feds all around the city came down to one thing. I feared for anyone that wasn't white. When I was with my Mexican friends, black friends, Etc. We always got screwed with and we were not doing a thing. But they frisked us, threw us around, treated us like sh**. I would just lay there and not say a word until they had to let us go. If I was with white friends or alone I could smoke a joint in the middle of colfax before it was recreational and watch someone else getting arrested. On three occasions I had Denver PD or Feds just come up to me and say " you know you shouldn't do that in public." And walk away. While the folks they were arresting did nothing wrong, they were just born the wrong color in the eyes of the police. And the brutality made me want to jump in and save these poor souls but I have family and can't go to jail. This man deserves 5 million and to be freed now. I think he needs more than that or put those white supremacist cops in a cell today after he is handed 5 million in front of their faces. Put the cops involved in prison for assault immediately under the same amount of time as stated by the judge in the video. If the judge fails to book the cops then disbar him from ever hearing a case again as we can clearly see he saw everything and there is no story to tell. I wish this man well and hope the PD is investigated soon and the corrupt cops stripped of there ranks. Put them and their families in a position where they have to find a new way to survive and see if they can.

Mike Streno
Mike Streno

I agree with Nifer it's prison. If you fuck up you've got it coming. Your there to learn a lesson, and Tyler instead of you saying a family member or someone is being mistreated by cops stop and think what that family member or loved one did to someone else. Karma is a bitch maybe they'll think twice about screwing up. And your the one who's stupid for being one sided look at the big picture. People who go to prison lost the right to be treated right because they fucked up. Why should we treat murderers and rapists and people who've caused people their lives with any dignity, if they get an easy ride then they don't learn anything. Think about it

Star Stepping
Star Stepping

If the cops still working let it come out if his paycheck not mine ala taxes

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Take the MILLIONS in settlement $$$ from the Police Pension Fund ... fire and revoke the pensions of any lowlife violent pig found liable for this violence.





Michael A Nelson
Michael A Nelson

Maybe our worthless mayor should grow a set of balls and clean house over there.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Randall Erkelens ... it's also possible that you're just an obsequious ignorant apologist for Violent Criminal Scumbag Cops.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, except that wouldn't justify a criminal assault by a bad cop.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

So the judge is now part of a criminal coverup?  Why isn't the judge being prosecuted along with the bad cop.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

She -- Lovingier should have been arrested on the spot for assault and contempt of court.  Judge Burd may have found the attack unexceptional.

enoughisenough
enoughisenough

Karyl, you are clearly missing the point of why this wrong on so many levels. Its not about the inmates, its about a mentality of abuse and cover-ups, both on and off the streets. Do you enjoy paying out millions in local tax dollars due to a roid raged police officer knocking around people who *dont* deserve it? Have you been paying any attention at all? Do you even read the newspaper, ever? Something tells me you dont. This has been a growig problem in Denver for YEARS, and is a nationwide epidemic. There is a larger picture that you are not understanding.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Chief White is relatively new and he never had control of his department, which had a long history of criminality prior to his appointment.  Our police, our deputies, and all the other agents of government will be held accountable if and when the People do it, and not otherwise.  Collectively, Denver has enormous tasks before it:  to learn how our government does not now serve our interests, then to remake it so that it does.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting post, Deena. We're going to feature it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

enoughisenough
enoughisenough

Youre funny, Daniel. It is a very well documented fact that nationwide, police departments will not accept applicants that have an IQ that is average or higher. I guess this means you would fit in nicely. You can look up this fact, as the New York Times broke the story a few years ago, and it is also backed up by many other resources.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, these crimes by officers may be due to corruption, not a lack of education.  Good point.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

When you say "deal with whackos, do you mean other bad cops?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for the post, Stephen. Much appreciated.

enoughisenough
enoughisenough

"One bad encounter", eh? You clearly have not been paying attention.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... how about a few years in prison?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... does your girlfriend know you're a knuckle-dragging imbecile?



muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

The mayor can't even get the traffic lights timed right.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@muhutdafuga She did file a complaint that Lovingier used excessive force after the fact, but she shows little reaction in the video.

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