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Alex Landau's Bloody Beating By Denver Cops Goes National Thanks to Echoes of Ferguson

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Last Friday, the morning after communities across the country held rallies to protest police violence against African-Americans -- and, specifically, the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri -- National Public Radio's StoryCorps ran a particularly appropriate piece. It focuses on Alex Landau, an African-American who was adopted by a white couple as a child, grew up in Denver and had his own unfortunate encounter with cops when he was nineteen -- one that left him beaten and bloody.

See also: Alex Landau was pulled over for making an illegal left turn and ended up beaten bloody

As we recounted in "Black and Blue," our January 18, 2011 cover story, Landau was stopped by Denver Police Department officers after he made an illegal left turn in north Capitol Hill -- an encounter that left him bleeding by the curb "in acute distress," the paramedics reported when they arrived.

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Alex Landau after his encounter with the DPD.
It took 45 stitches to close the cuts on his face alone -- and Landau, who had never been in trouble with the cops and whose adopted family includes several with law-enforcement backgrounds -- asked the paramedics to take a photo of his injuries before he was stitched up.

Those photographs became compelling exhibits when Landau sued the City of Denver two years after the beating. And soon after our story appeared, he was awarded a $795,000 settlement. Two of the police officers involved have since been fired from the DPD for excessive use of force -- in other incidents.

StoryCorps taped the piece on Landau and his mother, Patsy Hathaway, in Aurora a couple of months ago. "As time went by, we weren't sure they were going to use it," Landau says. But then early last week, he got a call from NPR staffers doing some fact-checking. The situation in Ferguson had moved this particular StoryCorps piece to the head of the line, Landau says, because it was "another example of a militarized police state exercising racial profiling."

Landau was a studen at Metro when the cops pulled him over more than five years ago. He's working now -- in security! -- and has a couple of semesters to go at the University of Colorado Denver, where he's studying communications and social justice. He's still doing poetry, still doing music -- and he's a father now, as of July 29. He wants to make sure the world is a safer place for his child.

After Landau sued the city, he became very involved in social issues, working with the the Colorado Progressive Coalition to establish a racial-profiling hotline. And he continues his efforts to stop abusive cops today. "Nobody has gotten up and acknowledged these kind of behaviors for what they are," he says. He's pushing for more transparency, and is particularly interested in requiring body cameras for officers, a move that DPD Chief Robert White backs.

"I support that," Landau says. "We just have a long way to go. They have to acknowledge accountability."

Continue for the StoryCorps piece on Alex Landau.



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67 comments
ObamaNazi
ObamaNazi

The only thing worse than a nigg are the white privilege Libtards who want to whine like they really care.

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

Keep on sucking that Establishment cock, you STUPID FUCKING CUNT!!!!

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

How about you choke on a fat one, you piece of shit....piece of shit...you miserable fat overprivileged piece of fucking shit?!

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

Danni Malone clearly would prefer everyone's heads remain in the sand.

Todd Andres
Todd Andres

we really need to fire 90% of Denver Police Dept. and the City Attorneys

Ronnie Mooney
Ronnie Mooney

how about you go learning some fucking english

chris-swain
chris-swain

When cops are wrong, they need to be held accountable..all you other morons can shut the fuck up.

davecolberg
davecolberg

Something happens in another state and just now everybody is freaking out? Where has everybody in Denver been this entire time? Clearly, people havent been paying attention *at all*, because it apparently takes an insane amount of sensationalist media frenzy, moronic rioters, race baiting articles, and a ton of questionable memes in order to capture anybody's attention. The Denver police have been totally out of hand for years, and Frackenlooper has been sweeping it allllll under the rug ever since he was mayor. You people want change? Vote Frackenlooper and our slimy mayor Hancock out of office! I saw people "marching for Ferguson" the other day--- what about our own backyard? How can people change anything nationally when they cant even get it together in their own city? It all wreaks of complacency and laziness. 

Heather Doozer
Heather Doozer

Police brutality is a national problem that MUST be rectified. The militarization of the police is leading to police treating citizens like enemy combatants, instead of the citizens they are supposed to be protecting. Start making the individuals and department financially responsible, and start trying cops that shoot unarmed persons from murder. When police and others in authority break the rules they should be punished MORE severely, not less. it's beyond illogical and creates a situation that breeds abuse.

Erik Johnsen
Erik Johnsen

Agreed, that's the compensation for the victim, the resolution to police brutality is firing the cops. Stay with us here.

Heather Doozer
Heather Doozer

paying off the victim with city money is far from a resolution for police brutality

Ronnie Mooney
Ronnie Mooney

i bet he wont run his mouth to the cops again

Danni Malone
Danni Malone

Lets stop the criminals from killing raping beating lying stealing cheating.... wheres justice in that? But police brutality is more important then getting monsters off our streets away from our kids.

Danni Malone
Danni Malone

Ridiculous. I hope this does get worse and all of you jump in to save the day. Lol

Laci Garst
Laci Garst

Actually, Dani, people do care. If you don't, stop commenting.

Danni Malone
Danni Malone

Cause its just denver. Why dont we just start a giant civil war? The people against the government.... they have more power then we ever will. Youre opinions are just as ridiculous as mine. So lets put it all out there.

Laci Garst
Laci Garst

This is not a "fully resolved problem." DPD continues to pay out millions due to excessive force. Clearly their use of excessive force has not ended over the years. And that "dumb fire," obviously goes way beyond what you are capable of analyzing and understanding.

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs

Outing police brutality is what journalism is about.

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs

Let's solve Denver's police brutality issue.

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs

Denver cops are still out of control. Nothing is fully resolved.

Jared Forqueran
Jared Forqueran

Danni, we do care, please stfu. And Erik, the cops were fired but were found not at fault at the same time, and are now suing to get their jobs back. It's not a problem "over there", it's here, it's everywhere, and until we're all infuriated enough, violent pigs will continue to abuse their power.

Danni Malone
Danni Malone

Stop the media madness it only fuels the fucking fire....

Danni Malone
Danni Malone

NO ONE CARES MEDIA IS MAKING THIS MORE RIDICULOUS THEN IT NEEDS TO BE STOP!!!!

Erik Johnsen
Erik Johnsen

Dude's already been paid and the cops fired. Let's not add more fuel to that dumb fire over there by trying to connect it to a local problem that is fully resolved.

gofastgo
gofastgo

Why don't you show pictures of black on white crime?  It happens all the time, where's the reporting?  The thug in Ferguson had just robbed a store, shoved the shop owner and threatened him, stole his property and walked out, when stopped by a police officer (who didn't know of the robbery btw) he once again acted out, starting punching the officer while he was still in his cruiser, 'fractured eye socket, and swollen face'  but now it's a 'white on black crime'  a 'civil rights' case.  No folks, it isn't, it's good police work, it's good vs. evil.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Without knowing any of the facts, it looks like Alex got hosed.  

In my experience, which is fairly extensive, Denver cops are the absolute worst.

Susan Donlan Roy
Susan Donlan Roy

Alex, what happened to you is unconscionable. I do have to say, DPD pretty much goes after any and everyone now.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, because your post is so thoughtful and eloquent. 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Strong arguments, Heather. Thanks.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

If police treat citizens as enemy combatants, why shouldn't citizens return the favor?  

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

What about prosecuting their criminal behavior?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, when someone says something a police officer doesn't like, it ought to be OK for the cop to commit a criminal assault.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for sharing your view, Danni. We're going to highlight it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, the criminal acts of bad cops should be ignored....you're kidding, right?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

How much time did their criminal assault get them.  Please be specific.  Now let's put the shoe on the other foot....if an officer had been beaten to near death and threatened with death, how much time would THAT person get.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@gofastgo With you and your yappy little fear dominated cult being the evil ones.

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