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Denver Police Surveillance Video Shows Excessive Use Of Force Against Shoplifting Suspect In 2007

First Posted: 02/ 3/2012 2:30 pm Updated: 02/ 3/2012 2:30 pm

Denver Police are again in the spotlight for excessive force after the release of surveillance video from a 2007 incident.

The video shows Officer Kevin Guzman handcuff a shoplifting suspect, then slam him into a wall, grab his hair, and throw him to the ground. Guzman was suspended for four days and reprimanded for not reporting the incident. A lawyer for the Police Protective Union told the Denver Post the amount of force Guzman used was within department guidelines.

A KDVR report states Guzman plans to appeal the suspension.

Denver Police paid more than $1 million in brutality settlements in 2011 in a series of high profile cases.

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Though the Denver coroner's office ruled Booker's July 9, 2010 death a homicide, the five officers who used excessive force on the 56-year-old--including a sleeper hold and Taser gun--Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey decided not to press charges against the five sheriff's deputies in May of this year. The video of Booker's death was released on the same day the DA decided not to punish deputies.

In turn, the decision not to discipline quickly prompted a call for an investigation of the Denver Police Department from the ACLU by the Department of Justice.
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Filed by Ryan Grenoble  |