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Citizens Allege Police Brutality

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A Denver police officer slams a handcuffed bicyclist’s face into the pavement. An officer shoves a woman backwards and her wrist breaks. Another officer jumps repeatedly on the back of a 16-year-old boy in an alley as he begs for his life. The Rocky Mountain News highlights these recent headlines as the city prepares to pay Trudy Trout $10,000 after an officer shoved her to the ground while she celebrated a friend’s 50th birthday at a comedy club last year. In 2008, citizens lodged 195 allegations of “unnecessary force” againstDenver police. There were another eight allegations from within the Denver Police Department. Numbers on how many allegations were sustained aren’t yet available, but of 235 allegations in 2007, just one was.

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