Mark Beluscak, Busted for Child Abuse, Is the Latest Denver Police Officer in Trouble

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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A 2010 photo of Officer Mark Beluscak shared by West Denver Cop Watch. A video and more below.
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.

Now there's an eighth case: Officer Mark Beluscak has been arrested in Douglas County on a misdemeanor child abuse accusation. Details below.

See also: See seven Denver cops to get in trouble in 2014, including just-busted Daniel Diaz de Leon

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,

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.

A video did indeed surface shortly thereafter. Here it is:

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.



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Aj Jensen
Aj Jensen

Probably because the testing to become a police officer is not designed to filter intelligence. I've tested with Aurora PD which uses similar testing as DPD and the test was a joke. How fast can you identify a color and mark the correct box does not weed out bad tempers, skewed social views, and poor judgement. When they start hiring better, they'll get better results.

Brittany B Michelle
Brittany B Michelle

When put in an authoritative position people tend to thing theyre invincible/above it. Shame.

Preston Eugne Powell
Preston Eugne Powell

Because our government has allowed double standards for pigs and allow them to violate rights and boundaries of others.

Ryan Hawkins
Ryan Hawkins

"Who's going to police the police?"-old philosopher dude

Mike Balcerak
Mike Balcerak

Canabis use needs to be permitted within the Denver police department, & I believe eventually will.

Josh Madsen
Josh Madsen

We need to let our police smoke weed.

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

it is time for all of us to make the cop's life more difficult, to challenge these bastards at every turn and force them to obey the law. Film them and disgrace them at every opportunity until they stop their abusive attitude towards those they are here to serve and protect.

Seleste Sanchez
Seleste Sanchez

Yes! Even if there is one case where the cop is convicted for their crime then that will set an example to other police men!

Brandon Karup
Brandon Karup

Absolutely! The people who happen to be victims of police misconduct dont have the means or resources to sue the police. Police officers know this and as a result probably get away with a lot of shit thats not reported. If there were punitive damages and f the police were sued more often...then that might deter them. More consequences please!

Brandon Karup
Brandon Karup

This is disgusting. It seems that the Westoword is the only journalistic source that really reports on police misconduct

Jeremy Adkins
Jeremy Adkins

Because these cops think they're above the law

Tavis Fong
Tavis Fong

Because to be a cop you need to be a low iq control freak.

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

hmmmm because they come from California ?

Naomi Osburn
Naomi Osburn

Officers need to be in ongoing therapy and training courses on how to process what they see everyday. When they deal with druggies, junkies, wife beaters, child abusers, molesters, murderers and the like all day every day, they need a healthy way to release that, to process it, to accept it and get rid of it... So that it doesn't manifest in them cause them stress and anger that they internalize because they are supposed to be the "strong" ones. I have seen cops come back from a child murder and break down crying... It affects them all differently but it affects them all

Val Weitz
Val Weitz

Good cops are like aliens or Bigfoot. You will eventually run into a person who can tell you about the time they saw one. But, there is no actual physical evidence of thier existence.

Val Weitz
Val Weitz

I always hear people defending these bully assholes with the statement "not all cops are bad"... Well...... Time to climb out of the closet you are hiding in "good cop" and step the fuck up. I'm sure they are just busy on security detail for leprechauns hiding thier pots of gold or out keeeping the streets Dragon free. Generally keeping a handle on other shit that doesn't exist.

Mark Prager
Mark Prager

They need to stop recruiting from the same pool as Ferguson's pulling from..

Lysander Proudhon
Lysander Proudhon

On second thought, they probably shouldn't have sticks either.

Lysander Proudhon
Lysander Proudhon

We should give them sticks. Like the every day, walking a beat cops in South Korea.

Lysander Proudhon
Lysander Proudhon

...and then hand them a gun, too! Oh, and tanks... Don't forget the MRAPs and APCs.

Lysander Proudhon
Lysander Proudhon

Is that a serious question? Here's a better question; why wouldn't this happen when you give a person power and authority over other people?

Matthew Allman
Matthew Allman

If it doesn't obey then beat it, or shoot it, we deserve to come home to our families, it's us or them!-typical cop

Tony Zamora
Tony Zamora

I don't think he said anything wrong in the video ....no what are the circumstances being the child abuse ??? That's what I want to know .....

Tessera Weiss
Tessera Weiss

Because police officers are human beings apt to human failings. Thankfully we live in a place where our police officers are being expected to uphold the law, where they also face consequences for unlawful action. How awesome is it that our police officers are consistently held to lawful standards and not allowed to blue each other out of trouble?

Zachary La Rosee
Zachary La Rosee

Maybe it happens because you teach them in the academy that they ARE above civilians...

Brandon Valdez
Brandon Valdez

Because we are letting them. If rage against the machine was still together this would not be happening lol.

James Gold
James Gold

COP CULTURE is out of control and we have a generally apathetic public. And that's the bottom line.

Justin Jordan
Justin Jordan

They don't require any real education to be a police officer...

Runa Sweetwater
Runa Sweetwater

My best friend in high school's parents were both LAPD. Her dad told me that law enforcement attracts two types. The type that wants to protect and serve. And the type that needs to have control and feel powerful and are quick to respond with violence.

Chris Clayton
Chris Clayton

In my opinion, If your not one with a stellar background and history you shouldn't be eligible for hire. If you can not be the standard in professionalism for the community to follow, you should not be hired, or fired if you were hired. I don't think it's right morally or ethically for officers to retain their jobs after being convicted of any crime, specifically the crimes these Denver officers have been convicted of committing. There are hundreds of military veterans with a clear and clean criminal history/background which would happily fill there position. I think that if these cops convicted of the crimes these Denver officers have been convicted of, were fired and barred from joining any department, this would be a way to get professionals in there place that the community could trust and appreciate.

Jarred Jennings
Jarred Jennings

Because they're all shady. If a few are shady that happens but when a lot are shady that means the person hiring is shady and wants only those type of cops

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Certainly not the DA's office.

MTChair
MTChair

.... the best place to hide a tree is to put it in a forest.
allow me to translate that - best place to hide a good cop is to surround him/her with bad ones.  Psychology, its easier to remember (and to talk about) bad events than good ones.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

I personally know of good cops.  One was a school resource officer in DPS.  He would write kids tickets to get their attention, but would hide them away and shred them at the end of the year.  The kids needed a lesson, not a criminal record.  The idiot principal got rid of him.  Did I mention the principal was an idiot?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Held to lawful standards?  You're kidding, right?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

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

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Then they have some damn poor teachers at the academy.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Funny, Brandon. Thanks for posting.

MTChair
MTChair

.... Where??? ......

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

A tough verdict, James. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting take, Chris. Thanks for weighing in.

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