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Resisting Arrest and Obstruction Charges in Denver

When We See Resisting and Obstruction Charges

Resisting Arrest, C.R.S. 18-8-103 and Obstructing a Peace Officer, C.R.S. 18-8-104, are generally filed against our Colorado clients in two circumstances: 1) when police don't have anything else to charge you with - so they scrutinize your interaction with them and 2) when sheriff deputies want to stack charges against you, because the underlying crime they were called on is not serious enough. Either way, Douglas County and Adams County police and sheriff deputies add on these charges because they do not like the way you treated THEM, as opposed to your interaction with their alleged victim.

A Modern Trend by Denver Area Police

This trend in how people are charged tells a lot about how prideful law enforcement officers are. If you don't treat them with respect and dignity (regardless of whether they deserve it), they make you pay for it. The reality is that many officers are bullies who use their uniform as justification for treating people poorly. Regrettably, with Code Blue alive and well, fellow officers will not turn in a fellow officer who acts overly aggressive or who uses excessive force. Code Blue is an unwritten "support your fellow officer" rule. We have often see cases where cops beat up someone and the only charges given are Resisting Arrest and Obstruction of a Police Officer. This is clear cut abuse. What this says to an experienced criminal defense lawyer is that there was insufficient evidence of a crime against the person who called police - so all the officers can do is charge a crime based on their interaction with the citizen. Or, more to the point, someone in a uniform had their feelings hurt.

Denver Police Lead the Way in Abusing Citizens

Most of the time, cops and detectives don't give us clear evidence of their abuse. They beat someone in a home or isolated place. But on occasion, we see videos of a cop hitting or beating a citizen. We see this most often with the Denver Police Department's officers beating up people and then charging them with Resisting Arrest and Obstructing a Peace Officer. These officers leave me with a feeling of disgust. They are given the public's trust and a badge to enforce the law. Yet, regularly, we see video of a group of cops kicking and using their baton's to beat someone. Most telling is that of all the police departments in the metro Denver area, by at least 10 to 1 ratio, Denver cops beat up helpless people more than any other department. What is going on in Denver's Police Department? Is anyone in charge? Do they go to the bottom of the bucket to find recruits?

Police Need Training and Self Control

I will admit that police have a tough job to do. But they should expect they will run into men and women high on drugs and drunk on alcohol. They should be trained to be strong enough to resist the temptation to beat up people, knowing they are not in their right mind. Why should someone take it personally when a drunk guy calls you a name or cusses at you? Officers should expect this and have the self control to arrest a guy and move on to the next call. Instead, Jefferson County and Arapahoe County officers get angry, hit someone unnecessarily and then charge them with Obstruction of a Peace officer and Resisting Arrest. No other charges are filed - which tells the whole story.

If police contact you, always try to be respectful, exercise your right to remain silent, and call our lawyers 24/7 at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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