On July 13th, Loveland police officers were called to a Target store at Centerra after store management claimed a male had been causing a disturbance inside and outside of the store [Source: Coloradoan]. When officers arrived, they found a male walking around in the parking lot. In police body cam footage, the first officer to arrive at the location is seen approaching the man and can be heard asking him what is going on. After several attempts at getting the male to explain what had happened, the male proceeded to approach the officer despite the commands the officer had issued for him to back away.
After giving the male several warnings to step back, the officer is seen pushing the male who eventually stumbles and falls to the ground. A few more officers then arrived at the scene and attempted to place the man under arrest. Because the male was resisting and not allowing officers to put his hands in handcuffs, several minutes had gone by before officers were able to successfully place the man under arrest. While the police body cam footage that was released doesn’t appear to show officers kicking or punching the man as activists claim, a bystander who recorded the incident witnessed something different.
Although the officers who initially arrived at the scene did not appear to be applying excessive force while trying to detain the man, another officer who later arrived is seen grabbing the man’s legs and then punching him several times. The man, who remains unidentified, was later checked out by medical personnel and charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing a police officer, and resisting arrest.
The source says that the man was never booked into Larimer County Jail and was released from police custody after he was medically cleared.
Activists Demand DA Drops Charges
After the bystander’s video was shared on Instagram, the Coloradoan says that activists in Fort Collins began asking the community to “[push for] the Larimer County District’s Attorney’s Office [to] drop the charges against the man.” Activists also said that it was clear that the male suffers from “mental health struggles like many and has never hurt anyone.” The activist group claims the man was “brutalized” by the officers and believes the charges should not hold.
How can I prove I am a victim of police brutality?
Proving a Colorado police officer applied excessive force or violated your rights isn’t always easy to do, but it can be accomplished when you have the right Colorado police misconduct attorney working on your side. If you think you are a victim of police brutality, you are encouraged to contact Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC as soon as possible so that evidence can be collected and preserved, and used to prove an officer engaged in inappropriate or illegal behavior.
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