Denver Police Officers In Michael DeHerrera Beating Fired

03/25/2011 05:29 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Two Denver Police Officers have been fired over an April, 2009 beating of a man outside of a Lower Downtown nightclub.

Mayor Bill Vidal announced on Friday that officers Devin Sparks and Randy Murr had been fired over the high-profile beating of then-23-year-old Michael DeHerrera at 15th Street and Larimer in Denver.

City surveillance videos captured the officers grabbing DeHerrera, who was frantically talking on his cell phone as his friend was being handuffed on the ground, then beating him with clubs and slamming a car door on his leg.

The incident gained national exposure after DeHerrera and his father, a Pueblo Sheriff's Deputy, publicly called for the officers' firing. However, in August, 2010, the Denver Manager of Safety ruled that the officers should be suspended, not fired for their actions in the beating.

Friday's decision to fire the officers after Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman recommended they lose their jobs.

"The lesson to be learned by all of us as public servants is that we must always act in a manner that we would be proud of, no matter who is watching," Vidal said on Friday.

"However, we should not allow this incident to bring doubt to the outstanding service the many men and women of our Department of Safety provide in keeping our city safe."

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