Denver, CO – The father of a Colorado teenage girl filed an excessive force lawsuit against three police officers in Loveland, who arrested her in 2020. According to the lawsuit filed by Mr. Jon Siers’ legal team, the officers slammed the girl onto concrete, used a Taser on him and choked the family’s Jack Russell terrier.
This clear example of police brutality was completely unwarranted. The girl was not wanted on criminal charges, but for her involvement in a typical teenage drama. The police came to her house because she had slapped her boyfriend in a parking lot as she was convinced he was cheating on her. The boy denied he was cheating and did not press charges against his sweetheart. Apparently the drama was set in motion by a member of the public who witnessed the argument and decided to call the police. The boy was questioned about the slap, but said it didn’t cause any pain.
According to the lawsuit, the officers went after the girl simply because they were bored. “It was the middle of the day and there was little else to do,” the lawsuit states.
The girl was charged with harassment, domestic violence, obstruction and resisting arrest, and her father was also charged with resisting arrest. However, the charges against them were later dismissed.
This is not the first time the Loveland Police Department has faced an excessive force lawsuit. Last year, the city of Loveland paid $3 million in damages to a 73-year-old woman with dementia who was thrown to the ground and pinned against a police car, which caused her multiple injuries, including a broken bone and a dislocated shoulder.
How can you prove an excessive force claim?
If you were involved in a violent encounter with law enforcement agents you need to talk to an experienced Denver police misconduct lawyer right away. Time is of the essence as, if you don’t act soon enough crucial evidence may go missing.
In the Siers case, most of the evidence comes from the body cameras worn by the three officers involved.
At the same time, if you’re in a public place your lawyers will search the area for surveillance cameras that may have captured the incident. Businesses often delete the footage every few days so your lawyers must act immediately.
You can also use statements from eyewitnesses. If possible, get the names and contact info of those present at the scene. Videos taken by witnesses can also be used as evidence.
If you were injured, see a doctor immediately as you will need medical records to document your injuries.
Next, your lawyers will request information on the officer’s record to see whether there have been other complaints against him. If that is the case and his superiors did not take steps to discipline and retrain the officer, you may have a case against the police department or the local council.
If you were recently a victim of any type of police misconduct in Denver, you should contact an experienced civil rights lawyer at the Bryan&Terrill law firm to see how to proceed with your case.
Bryan & Terrill
333 W. Hampden Ave., #420B
Englewood, CO 80110
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