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08/16/2010 12:23 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Michael DeHerrera Hopes Denver Police Officers Who Beat Him Will Be Fired (VIDEO) [UPDATED}

UPDATE (8/16) Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has asked the FBI to look into the Michael DeHererra case to determine whether excessive force was used.

"The video is very disturbing, and when viewed in isolation it does not reflect well on the officers involved," Hickenlooper said in a statement to 9News. "To help ensure justice is appropriately served, the city has requested the FBI review this case in its entirety."

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The Independent Monitor of Denver is arguing that two Denver policemen who beat up two men outside a nightclub should be fired for filing false reports.

The incident occurred in April, 2009 when police arrested a man named Shawn Johnson after he reportedly used the women's restroom at a downtown nightclub. As police arrested Johnson, his friend, Michael DeHerrera, stood several feet from the officers talking on his cell phone.

Denver's HALO camera's then caught one of the officers walking toward DeHerrera and slamming him to the ground before panning away from the scene.

Denver's Manager of Safety Ron Perea reviewed the case and found no evidence of excessive force.

He did, however, discipline the officers for filing an inaccurate police report that claimed DeHererra clenched his fist in an attempt to one of the policemen, a claim clearly refuted by the video.

In April, the Denver City Council agreed to pay DeHererra around $17,500 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging excessive force. DeHererra, told Good Morning America on Monday that his goal in filing the suit was to "get some kind of reaction from the DA and from the Denver Police Department that excessive force was used."

Denver's Independent monitor Richard Rosenthal says that the false statements the officers made in reporting the incident constitute a fireable offense.

"Writing the report the way it was written, under penalty of perjury, was absolutley inappropriate, and should have resulted in the officers' termination, Rosenthal told Good Morning America.


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