Mark Beluscak, Busted for Child Abuse, Is the Latest Denver Police Officer in Trouble
As we've reported, at least seven Denver police officers have gotten into trouble in 2014, with offenses ranging from departmental violations (like keeping 600 nude photos on a work cell phone) to alleged assaults, prostitute-solicitation and more; see our previous coverage below.
A 2010 photo of Officer Mark Beluscak shared by West Denver Cop Watch. A video and more below.
Now there's an eighth case: Officer Mark Beluscak has been arrested in Douglas County on a misdemeanor child abuse accusation. Details below.
Google Beluscak's name and the first item that comes up is a 2010 West Denver Cop Watch post in which he stars.
Unusually for the site, the item begins with a testimonial to the good character of Beluscak, a ten-year DPD veteran then working as a bicycle cop in the area of the 16th Street Mall. It reads:
Officer Beluscak is one of the few nice/decent Denver Police Officers I have come across. I can truly tell he is in the law enforcement profession for the right reasons. Most I have encountered have negative attitudes/opinions and are often times too quick to share those negative opinions when it's quite inappropriate. It's officer's like Beluscak that restore my faith that there are still people in that profession that actually are there to help people.This opinion is countered by site administrators. Here's the response:
Jennifer,A video did indeed surface shortly thereafter. Here it is:
Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, we receive more complaints regarding Officer Beluscak than almost anyone else. For instance, he is notorious for harassing homeless folks. In fact, Officer Beluscak has been issuing tickets to folks for ashing their cigarettes. Not throwing them out, but ashing them. He does this as a means to clear folks out of Skyline Park so that yuppies can eat their lunch without having to see people that the DPD feels don't deserve to be there. We will be posting a video of Beluscak documenting this harassment in the near future.
Despite Copwatch's complaints, Beluscak isn't in the spotlight due to on-duty behavior. According to Fox31, he was actually on leave from the department when he was arrested Saturday in Douglas County. The charge: misdemeanor non-injury child abuse.
Nonetheless, Beluscak's bust brings more embarrassment upon the Denver Police Department at a time when it's desperately trying to turn the page.
Continue for previous coverage about seven other Denver police officers who've gotten into trouble in 2014, including additional photos.