Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Use-of-force report due Thursday

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 11:10 AM

click to enlarge Alexis Acker after her encounter with a CSPD officer. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Alexis Acker after her encounter with a CSPD officer.
Mayor John Suthers and City Council will hold a "workshop" at the Colorado Springs Airport tomorrow to discuss an array of topics, such as landslides in the city's southwest sector, the city's comprehensive plan, the 2007 budget outlook and economic development.

Tucked in the midst of those topics is a report by Police Chief Pete Carey about the Colorado Springs Police Department's use of force.

The Independent reported on Carey's formation of a committee, ("Forcing the issue," Oct. 14, 2015) whose members have never been identified, to assess the situation. No other media has reported about this committee.

Carey formed the panel a year ago as the Indy  was preparing its series, "Full Force," which kicked off on July 15 and continued intermittently through the year. One case involved an officer, Tyler Walker, slamming 18-year-old Alexis Acker to the floor at Memorial Hospital. The CSPD didn't open an investigation into the November 2013 incident until nearly a year later, after a lawsuit was threatened. That lawsuit is pending. Check out the video and a rundown of various cases here.

Walker reportedly has since left the department, but he wasn't fired. Although some discipline was imposed, the CSPD has refused to say what that consisted of, and Walker remained part of the force until he voluntarily left Oct. 3, 2015. at a time the CSPD has so far not disclosed.

Another case involved the CSPD setting off a bomb in the home of a former Army soldier, Ronald Brown, who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, for which we provided an update yesterday.  Suffice to say, the city hasn't been able to wiggle out of a federal lawsuit filed by Brown.

Now, Carey will deliver his report that the department previously said would comprise a "comprehensive" review of "a statistically significant sampling" of use-of-force cases. We'll report on the findings when they're made available.

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