Video: See Thomas Ford, suspended deputy, knock out non-violent inmate

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A screen capture of Deputy Thomas Ford seconds before laying out an inmate; he's seen at the upper right. The video and more below.
Amid numerous recent claims of inappropriate actions by Colorado law enforcers, several of which were brought to the public's attention via lawsuit, the Denver Manager of Safety's Office issued an unusual announcement: Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson had asked the Denver District Attorney's Office to launch a criminal investigation into the conduct of a deputy under his command, Thomas Ford.

The release didn't say precisely what Ford was accused of having done. But a video originally shared by the Colorado Independent and on view below shows Ford brutally punching out an apparently non-violent inmate. And Ford was reportedly involved in another high-profile case of alleged inmate abuse.

See also: Porn, pot, drunkenness and brutality allegedly routine in Denver jail, new docs claim

The seventeen-second video obtained by the Independent was captured at the Denver jail on Sunday. In it, Ford can be seen at a copy machine as an inmate sits against a wall opposite him. Then, the inmate apparently says something that the deputy doesn't like; there's no audio, so we don't know exactly what. However, Ford's reaction is clear. He marches toward the inmate, who stands but doesn't raise his hands, and lays him out with a single punch. The inmate falls to the ground, apparently unconscious.

Here's the clip.

This isn't Ford's first trip into the spotlight for questionable on-duty actions, although we didn't realize it at the time.

In September 2012, as we've reported, we told you about a lawsuit filed by Jamal Hunter against the City and County of Denver and individual law enforcers for failing to properly protect him before and after he says inmates scalded his genitals with boiling water and two deputies attacked him.

Cut to last month, when a judge unsealed documents that offered new and shocking info about the case, including references to porn, pot, on-duty drunkenness and brutality.

Those reports, on view below along with the entirety of our June 13 update about the Hunter case, focus on another deputy, Gayle Rumer -- and the original Hunter lawsuit refers to defendant deputies generically as John Doe one through four. However, 7News is reporting that Ford was one of two deputies caught on video circa 2011 aggressively detaining an apparently peaceful Hunter.

Ford can be seen in the following screen capture. He's on the right.

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Along with Ford, who's worked for the sheriff's office for six years, Officer William Lewis, a twelve-year veteran, is also in the investigatory cross-hairs. He's suspected of having reported the incident inaccurately.

The Manager of Safety's Office release suggests that Denver officials understand how difficult Ford's actions would be to defend, particularly in light of other recent episodes. So, too, do passages like this one:

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Sheriff Gary Wilson as seen in an interview with 7News.
Sheriff Wilson shares the community's concerns as it relates to deputy misconduct and in March he created four Taskforces to conduct a top to bottom review of the Denver Sheriff Department. In addition to the Independent Monitor and his staff, members of the ACLU, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Ministerial Alliance, Citizen Oversight Board, Colorado Latino Forum, Mental Health Center of Denver, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Office on Aging, Americans with Disabilities Act and the GLBT Community Center of Colorado are participating in the Taskforce reviews. A public report regarding the recommendations of each Taskforce will be released at the end of this summer.
In the meantime, Ford is on leave -- with pay.

Continue for our June 13 coverage of the Jamal Hunter case, including photos and videos. Warning: A number of images may disturb some readers.



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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Corrupt DAs contribute to this by not holding bad cops accountable. 

Jared Foster
Jared Foster

This ain't nothing new crooked ass deputies

Septimius Prime
Septimius Prime

Just take your badge and gun off punk ass, I'd put you in the hospital!

Melissa Taylor
Melissa Taylor

Fire em all and make everyone reapply for their jobs. Someone needs to do some background checking in the Colorado police departments. It's gotten out of hand. No more paid administrative days for cops who do this kind of shit...dump em where they belong, on the other side of the bars. We allow them to get away with far too much and coddle the shit out of them.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Violent Scumbag Criminal Cops deserve TWICE the Prison Sentence that an ordinary citizen would receive for the same crime.



Nick Roseland
Nick Roseland

What kind of question is that?! Too common?! Isn't once too common for this situation? It doesn't matter what was said between the two. Be a professional.

Sean Hamilton
Sean Hamilton

The Denver Pig Department is out of control, and has been for years. Ridiculous!!!

enoughisenough
enoughisenough

Meanwhile, our development-happy good for nothing but hookers and blow piece of shit mayor, along with guv Frackenlooper insist on sweeping all of the glaringly obvious problems with our police under the rug. Way to go, assholes.

WrongMeansRight
WrongMeansRight

Psychos acting like psychos. Who would have thought?

Jo Se Ph
Jo Se Ph

Loose=something not tight

Jo Se Ph
Jo Se Ph

Holy fuck!! It's lose!!! Not loose!

Kendra Bell
Kendra Bell

Yes, very common. Had to do jail time for driving without my license.. I'm now contending with a contusion on my femur because I was attacked by a Denver Sherrif after she had mistakenly told me I had court. I had incited no physical struggle with her.

James Gold
James Gold

Why is this a "shocking" video? These videos are becoming more and more common, actually. Nothing shocking about it.

Matthew Munn
Matthew Munn

God forbid that 4 year degree comes under the guidance of a fraternity though.

Joseph Giordano
Joseph Giordano

Wait, my bad, he started punching the guy on the ground.

Joseph Giordano
Joseph Giordano

I commend the officer for stopping at one punch. They never stop at one.

Samantha Kneedler
Samantha Kneedler

Rosa Alex said it best. We pay their paychecks and their job is to protect and serve. We are living in a country where we are paying our own police force and law system to screw us. Yes, there are cops that want to do good but if they are turning a blind eye to the power hungry bad ones then they are in a sense betraying the citizens by allowing it to continue, not protecting or serving...So pretty much, not doing their job! Regardless of what it is this dude did, if the situation were flipped and the inmate or any citizen for that matter had approached him that way, they would be charged. Why shouldn't he?

Joslyn Larned
Joslyn Larned

This deputy should be fired. No pension. Police brutality is becoming a real problem and these criminals can no longer hide. We have cameras on our phones. The truth is exposed. Sadly even then it is not enough. The rules should be stricter. How dare any cop expect order when they cannot even exhibit that part themselves. You give what you get unless your a pig with a badge and a score to settle with life for being unfair as a child.

Joe Trefry
Joe Trefry

"In partnership with the community, the Denver Police Department strives to operate a police agency focused on preventing crime in a respectful manner, demonstrating that everyone matters." -Chief White DPD

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

So by committing assault, a bad cop gets to go to disneyland?

Marc Bayes
Marc Bayes

Anyone else notice he kicked and took another swing at the guy once he hit the floor?

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

Uneducated pigs. It's high time to start requiring a 4 year college degree for DPD and Denver Sheriffs. A highly educated population needs a highly educated law enforcement department. Surrounding counties do require a 4 year degree and they don't have the kind of THUGish problems that Denver has.

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

There are abuses everywhere but YES there seem to be even more with DPD

Rosa Alex
Rosa Alex

If cops fear cops, what are we a citizens supposed to do? Sit back and be run by a police state? You're only as good as your moral value. So in my opinion and this is my opinion, a good cop that won't stand up against a bad cop is only as good as that bad cop.

Christine DeLeon
Christine DeLeon

educate yourself Tony that's how the cops get away with the shit they do it's called freedom of speech and you do not loose that right ever on American soil..

Gail Lucinda Madrid
Gail Lucinda Madrid

Anthony Rivera u got something on ur nose...........westwood college really!?!? Couldnt get in anywhere else huh?

Christine DeLeon
Christine DeLeon

gang members with badges who get paid to prey on the community at large.

Justin Kershman
Justin Kershman

Inmate was jawing and cop gave an order to shut up?...this isn't the military...even if that were the case still illegal to strike an inmate unless they have gotten violent! He stood up, cuz obviously just like me...watching the pig on his march...He knew what was coming to! 5 minutes alone is all it would take...outside of were he thinks he rules...and show him without his sidearm tin badge and buddies that he ain't shit!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... go see attorney David Lane

enoughisenough
enoughisenough

Correct- what is shocking is the outright lack of action our officials have taken to curb this garbage

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... and the other 5% are lowlife scumsucking assholes

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@enoughisenough Once these officials are removed from office and punished for their role in a conspiracy to cover up police brutality, officials will start doing their job.

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