Reader: I'm fine with the city paying millions for excessive-force lawsuits

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Anthony Waller filed the latest excessive-force lawsuit against the City of Denver.
Our post about a $5 million lawsuit filed against the City of Denver after a deputy slammed an inmate into a courtroom wall provoked an eruption of commentary about the tax dollars being spent to settle such cases. This reader had an unusual take on such outlays.

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

Deena Duncan writes:

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.

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Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

Sure they 'can't' but if they did, police would either act right or find another job. Since 'the city' aka my money and your money pays them, the 'city' shouldn't be penalized for an individual's actions. Individual responsibility is not a bad thing.

Heather Anderson
Heather Anderson

I may sound like an idiot but the next time one of these guys rob you or put a gun to your head and tje re is no cop protecting u cause all u fools want cops fired... Good luck... Yes people who are being harassed by cops are usually not good people.... I have never been harassed or brutalized or arrested or put myself in the situation where I would be... Grow up and really look at what your asking

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

Yes they can have personal liability but that doesn't absolve the city. If a police is acting criminally on city time the city can be held accountable. As for their pensions, they can't touch those. No pension funds are going to be used to pay damages in a lawsuit.

Liv Michaelson
Liv Michaelson

Anyone who acts unlawfully, outside of their job description is committing Criminal Negligence and can be personally sued. Also these police officers could be charged with Dereliction of Duty. This Blue immunity is BS.

Lynn Stiles
Lynn Stiles

What happened to innocent until proven guilty, first do we know if he was awaiting trial or serving time? Either way, criminal or not no one deserves to be treated like this

Brandon Moana
Brandon Moana

I am not OK with our taxes paying out so much it was excessive. He isn't permanently disabled. Charge these enraged officers with a crime and make them compensate their victim, then next officer might think twice.

Arman Guerrero
Arman Guerrero

Let's just all pray..... Wait that won't work.... Lol! These cops are a joke. Yes there is a few good ones I have actually seen. As far as the ones choking people to death or beating the shit out of them for no reason. I say incarceration but then again if some of the folks in jail hear that there is a former COP inside that might change things. It's sad that the hate in this world is so much more than the respect and love for each other.

Ben Cochran
Ben Cochran

Heather, you sound like a complete idiot.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

You would have been a great officer at the Russian Gulag.

Jo Se Ph
Jo Se Ph

Because every single victim of police brutality is a criminal...smh you're as diluted as these punk ass cops

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

The comments here show how much folks have no clue about how the process works. The police are working under collective labor agreements. Any fines levied against the police are paid for by the city. If an officer breaks the law then he has some personal liability but it doesn't absolve the liability of the city. You can't pay these judgements with pension funds either.

Matthew Nelson
Matthew Nelson

I'd feel a lot better if cops stopped throwing down on the citizens it's paid to protect, regardless of the crimes they commit, because that's SUPPOSED to be their job. The justice system should treat you with civility at all times

Glenn Keil
Glenn Keil

Why should the taxpayers pay? Take the settlement money from the cops involved. Make them sell their homes, cars, boats, etc. to pay the settlements

Heather Anderson
Heather Anderson

Here's the fact these people are criminals and they do things wrong then expect respect when they don't give it. If they did they wouldn't be in the situation to begin with. So are the cops right doubt it but neither are the people getting their ass kicked. Stop breaking the law stop ending up in jail stop running your mouth and guess what u won't end up in the final situation

John Mccall
John Mccall

The police and sheriffs deputies need to fork over some of this money, some jail time for them as well for assault and battery.

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

Take it out of their bloated pensions, and cops will start acting right overnight.

Kevin A. Mahmalji
Kevin A. Mahmalji

Nope. To assume that the American public gives a shit about police brutality or wasting tax dollars was her first mistake. People are too concerned about dumb shit, to care about the world around them. Ask readers about the victims and you'll get a blank stare. Ask about the latest fashion trend and you'll get an eager explanation of what's "dope as fuck". Police brutality has been around since before Rodney King, but not shit has changed.

Eric Smiles
Eric Smiles

Excessive fine against the city. Oh wait! The victim was black. Never mind.

joyjoy1978
joyjoy1978

That is absolutely correct. Unfortunately, being a taxpayer, I also have to pay for the mistakes of the sheriffs department. Until people start voting for better reform, government officials, and important policy this will stay the same. These deputies and the police department SHOULD be personally responsible for their irresponsibility.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Take ALL $$$ settlements against Violent Criminal Scumbag Cops directly from the Police Department's Pension Fund ... and these incidents will drop drastically and immediately.



RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

I'm not -- much of the tax revenue the City administration flushes down the toilet comes from property taxes paid by people of modest means, regressive local option sales tax, and it is paid indirectly by renters.  It is infinitely preferable that police and deputies not falsely arrest, assault, or murder in the first place than that a tiny few of their victims be practically ennobled at enormous public expense, while most get nothing but more abuse, and the system remains broken.

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