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ACLU names officer, not city, in excessive-force suit

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man beaten by a former Colorado Springs police officer.

The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, states Officer K.D. Hardy, in his "individual capacity," violated Delvikio Faulkner's constitutional rights and might have killed Faulkner during a July 2, 2005, traffic stop near a nightclub.

Hardy, part of a gang patrol that aimed to "stop as many cars as we can," hit Faulkner several times with his flashlight after Faulkner exited the car, gave a false name and tried to spin away.

Hardy's partner questioned why Hardy hit Faulkner and a police supervisor followed up, according to the suit.

"When the supervisor arrived, he saw Mr. Faulkner lying face down on the ground in a pool of blood and believed that Mr. Faulkner had been shot," states the suit.

Faulkner, who received staples in his head after the incident, "continues to suffer from actual physical and emotional injuries ...," the suit states.

An internal police probe released earlier this year concluded that Hardy used excessive force. Yet no "final disposition" was issued in the probe, according to an internal case file note referencing Hardy's "termination in another investigation."

Hardy could not be reached.

Faulkner, a 27-year-old inmate at Buena Vista Correctional Complex, had long expected the suit to be filed.

"I hope this can be resolved so that police don't do this again," Faulkner said, calling the Independent via phone from prison on Monday. MdY

Funds approved for Fountain Creek, Pueblo projects

Colorado water and energy projects could get $68.4 million in federal funding under a bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The funding would support 16 state projects. The Army Corps of Engineers would receive $149,000 to complete the watershed study on Fountain Creek. During the past decade, Fountain Creek has been plagued by floods and sewage spills. The study is looking at ways to alleviate those problems and improve the habitat around the creek.

The Arkansas River Habitat Restoration in Pueblo is named a priority project in the bill, though it would not get additional funding. The Army Corps of Engineers would be required to finish fisheries habitat structures and replace non-native plants with native species. The project is currently 95 percent complete.

The funding for Colorado projects was included in the bill at the request of U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar. JAS

Military spouses to receive scholarships at rodeo parade

A total of $12,000 in college scholarships will be given to spouses of troops who have been wounded or died, provided by the organizers of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days Parade.

A presentation of two scholarships will be made at 8:30 a.m. Saturday parade day at the U.S. Bank building at Pikes Peak and Tejon streets.

ALEUT Management Services, a multi-faceted services company, organizes the parade. Scholarship recipients were among those who applied through the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce military division.

The money for the scholarships comes from parade profits. MdY

Movin' on up?

The departure of Lorne Kramer from the office of Colorado Springs city manager has caused a domino effect in city government.

Assistant City Manager Mike Anderson became interim city manager. Paul Butcher, the director of parks, recreation and cultural services since 1994, has moved up to be acting assistant city manager.

Long-time parks department employee Kurt Schroeder has temporarily replaced Butcher.

The question is: Will everyone get to keep the fancy new jobs? There's no word yet from City Council. JAS

Peterson AFB plans retiree appreciation day

There's nothing like combining a barbecue and politicians to make military retirees feel they haven't been forgotten. Peterson Air Force Base will have its annual retiree appreciation day on Saturday, July 14, open to anyone with access to Peterson.

The politics will come first at 9 a.m. in the base auditorium, with U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, speaking along with a representative of the Veterans Administration and commanders of medical groups from the Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base and Fort Carson.

There will be a barbecue lunch starting at 11 a.m. at Eagle Park, along with an information fair at the base's fitness center. For more information, call the retiree office at 556-7153. RR

Compiled by Ralph Routon, J. Adrian Stanley and Michael de Yoanna.


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