Despite the accusation that Arvada Police officer used excessive force, police officers are still needed to protect us. As children we were taught to respect them and cooperate with them as needed. There is still a part of us that would always like to hold police officers in high regard; however we are not always able to do so. During any investigation, the police aren't perfect people, they make mistakes just as everyone else involved. A civilian allegedly spat on an Arvada, Colorado, police officer. In response, the civilian alleges the police officer punched him in the mouth, then slammed him against the police vehicle, and handcuffed him. Two other officers on the scene reported nothing about the punch, claiming the man had been hit by his girlfriend.
The Arvada Police Department requested the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department investigate the case after an internal review showed the officers had engaged in conduct violating departmental policy. Three officers had charges brought against them, two of which were dropped in exchange to testifying against the third who allegedly punched the man. Even though acquitted in a criminal court, the accused officer and three others related to the case resigned following the trial. The investigation ended with the conclusion the police officer's conduct was likely inappropriate. Six total police officers resigned as a result of this excessive force case.
According to the Denver Post, two additional officers have recently resigned due to internal personal matters. Regardless of how put together the police may appear to be, exercise caution when contacted by the police. It is always important to be respectful when interacting with police. Not every officer is bad, and most are probably good.
If you or a loved one has been contacted by the police regarding a crime, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the O'Malley Law Office, P.C., at 303-731-0719.