The Past Catches Up to Colorado Cops

July 2010

Yesterday was not a great one for the reputation of a couple law enforcement agencies in Colorado. In the first blow, one of the top police officers in the 1999 conviction of Timothy Masters was indicted by a grand jury in Fort Collins on eight counts of first-degree perjury. The indictment comes shortly after the 38-year-old Masters received a $4.1 million settlement for being wrongly imprisoned for 10 years on a murder he did not commit. Lieutenant James Broderick faces two to six years in prison for each count and a maximum $500,000 fine, reports the Coloradoan (read the indictment here). Meanwhile, a second blow came via Denver Safety Manager Al LaCabe, who, in his last days in office, has fired three Denver police officers: Charles "Chuck" Porter, Luis Rivera, and Cameron Moerman. The trio was involved in the beating of Juan Vasquez, a 16-year-old Latino boy who suffered injured kidneys, broken ribs, and a lacerated liver after attempting to flee police, according to The Denver Post.

"I made a decision, which I believe to be the best given the evidence," LaCabe says. Porter was charged with first-degree felony assault, and Denver paid an $885,000 lawsuit settlement filed on Vasquez's behalf. Rivera and Moerman testified against Porter in his criminal trial, but LaCabe says one reason he fired them was because he learned that they had failed to report Porter's actions.

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