Bar pa­tron sues Den­ver cop over in­jury

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Noelle Phillips by the city’s lawen­force­ment. “Bran­don is nowseek­ing jus­tice where Den­ver has re­fused to pro­vide it,” Ja­ha­nian said in an emailed state­ment. “Un­til Den­ver fig­ures out how to ef­fec­tively po­lice its own, it will con­tinue to need­less­ly­was

The Den­ver Po­lice Depart­ment al­lowed an of­fi­cer with a his­tory of ex­ces­sive force to go un­pun­ished and that be­hav­ior came to a head when the of­fi­cer shoved a bar pa­tron onto steps and in­jured him, a fed­eral law­suit filed Wed­nes­day said.

Bran­don Schreiber was at­tend­ing his brother’s bach­e­lor party on July 26, 2014, when Of­fi­cer Choice John­son de­cided his brother needed to go to the city’s detox unit. Schreiber ques­tioned the of­fi­cer’s de­ci­sion and of­fered to take his brother home, the law­suit said.

“With­out warn­ing, Of­fi­cer John­son ap­plied a vi­o­lent twohanded shove to Mr. Schreiber’s neck, send­ingMr. Schreiber fly­ing back onto a set of con­crete stairs,” the law­suit said. “Of­fi­cer John­son then got on top ofMr. Schreiber to con­tinue his as­sault, as a re­sult of which Mr. Schreiber ex­pe­ri­enced last­ing and painful in­juries to his shoul­ders, back, head and neck.”

John­son was sus­pended for 30 days for his use of force, but aCivil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion of­fi­cer over­turned it.

John­son had 18 prior com­plaints of ex­ces­sive force, and the law­suit cites sev­eral of those in­ci­dents to es­tab­lish a pat­tern with John­son and the po­lice depart­ment.

John­son had never been dis­ci­plined for ex­ces­sive force prior to the July 2014 in­ci­dent but had been in trou­ble for fail­ing to re­port use of force on­more than one oc­ca­sion, the law­suit said.

“This is the lat­est case of an out­of­con­trol Den­ver Po­lice Of­fi­cer em­pow­ered to bru­tal­ize Den­ver’s cit­i­zens af­ter years of see­ing ci­ti­zen com­plaints against him go un­heeded,” the law­suit said.

The law­suit is seek­ing an un­spec­i­fied amount of dam­ages.

Arash Ja­ha­nian of the Rathod Mo­hamedb­hai Law­Firm said Den­ver’s dis­ci­plinary process has be­come a joke to peo­ple vic­tim­ized jail. It’s un­be­liev­able to me that he has got­ten away­with no dis­ci­pline what­so­ever,” Schreiber said. “I hopemy com­ing for­ward can help make sure oth­ers don’t go through what I have.”

Sonny Jack­son, a po­lice depart­ment spokesman, said it­would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment on pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion.

John­son con­tin­ues work­ing at the depart­ment while the city ap­peals his dis­ci­plinary case to the full Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion board, said Dae­lene Mix, a safety depart­ment spokes­woman.

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