The smiling face of police brutality in Colorado
Denver, CO – A homeless Black veteran was beaten bloody by a group of Colorado Springs police officers, while several of their colleagues watched the scene without intervening. Dalvin Gadson, who served in the Army National Guard as a helicopter mechanic, claims he was racially profiled and subjected to a brutal attack. This shocking new case of police brutality took place in October. Gadson was pulled over because the plates on his car were missing.
One of the photos taken at the scene shows an officer smiling while displaying what appears to be a bruised knuckle, presumably from punching Mr.Gadson.
The trouble started as one officer declared he could smell marijuana on Mr.Gadson and told him he would have to submit to a test. The man got scared and refused to get out of his car. One officer started punching him while trying to get him out of the car.
“After the first punch, I tried to say okay, I tried to say sorry, I tried to lay on the ground, but multiple officers were grabbing me, kicking me in the head, kneeing and elbowing me in the face, and punching me everywhere possible. After I was punched several times in the face, I lost consciousness.”
When he regained awareness he was lying on the asphalt, covered in blood.
“My whole body was badly bruised, abrasions all over, lips busted, ribs and spine hurting and my eyesight was halfway gone”, Mr.Gadson said.
When you’re a victim of police brutality, you must contact experienced Colorado police brutality lawyers right away. Mr.Gadson knew that and immediately set up a GoFundMe page to help him get legal representation.
“Dalvin Gadson was a homeless veteran living out of his car as he worked to reenlist and continue serving his country. But all these officers saw was a black man and they beat him for it, smiling for the camera as he lay on the ground bleeding,” civil rights attorney Harry Daniels said in a press release with graphic images of Gadson following the traffic stop. “They beat him mercilessly and now he’s afraid to go outside and the VA can’t see him to treat his injuries and PTSD until January,” one of his lawyers said.
To add insult to literal injury, Gadson was charged with two counts of second-degree assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer, driving under the influence, and driving without license plates. The assault charges were eventually dropped and the DUI charge was dismissed last week after it was determined that “there was insufficient probable cause to require a blood test.”
What is racial profiling?
Racial profiling refers to any action taken by a police officer that is not motivated by a probable cause or reasonable suspicion, but rather by the color of the skin of a citizen.
If that happens to you, don’t hesitate to contact skilled Colorado police brutality lawyers. Also, make sure to get the names of the witnesses present as your lawyers will certainly use their testimony. At the same time, those present at the scene may have photos and videos you can submit when filing a personal injury claim.
What damages can you recover under a police brutality claim?
First of all, your police brutality lawyers will tally your medical expenses. If you cannot afford medical help, your lawyers may be able to help with that, too.
You can also seek compensation for lost earnings.
Finally, after a brutal attack, you can seek damages for your pain and suffering, as well as for the humiliation and the loss of reputation the incident caused you.
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.
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