Author Michael Roberts

eric.brandt.fuck.cops.5.croppedBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Inveterate protester Eric Brandt has been ordered to serve ninety days in jail for writing an anti-police message in chalk on a sidewalk in Westminster more than four years ago — the same-length sentence given to former police officer Curtis Arganbright, who pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and official misconduct while on duty related to a woman he forced to engage in sex acts with him in August 2017. Westword has the story.

suicidal.prisoner.jailer.thinkstockBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: One state’s attorney general has agreed to the appointment of a “special master” to independently oversee the state’s plan to address the routine warehousing of mentally ill individuals in jails for months at a time without evaluating their condition, much less ordering any treatment that might help them.

Essentially, the move is an admission that what the state has done to address the issue over the span of a ten-year court battle simply hasn’t worked. Westword has the story. reading from the Voice Media empire: A photo of police officer Michael Traudt shows a tattoo on one hand that duplicates the logo of the 3 Percenters, defined by the Anti-Defamation League as an anti-government militia group.

Traudt, the target of a wrongful death lawsuit in the shooting of Paul Castaway, a suicidal man who was wielding a knife when the officer fatally shot him, says he is neither a member of the 3 Percenters nor anti-government, and insists that he’s been planning to cover the tattoo to avoid anyone wrongly assuming that he’s affiliated with the group. Westword has the story.

tyler.sanchez.kdvrBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A jury has cleared two detectives sued by the family of Tyler Sanchez, a mentally disabled man who was nineteen when he falsely confessed to a sex crime against an eight-year-year old girl after approximately eighteen hours of interrogation over a 36-hour period. But the lawyer who represented Sanchez in the criminal case feels the decision lets the cops off the hook for some truly egregious behavior. Westword has the story.

featuretaser_openerBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The official autopsy report attributes Poer’s death to a combination of three factors. He suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart. He had a near-fatal level of amphetamines in his system, a mystery that confounds his friends and family members; Holt says he told her that day that he’d rummaged around in her medicine cabinet and had taken two tablets of Adderall, but he would have had to take a much higher dosage to achieve that level of stimulant in his blood.

The third factor was the police use of a Taser to subdue Poer. According to the autopsy report, the medical examiner reviewed police body-camera footage from the scene: “Taser deployment can be heard, followed immediately by a groaning sound by the subject and immediate unresponsiveness, from which he never regains consciousness.” The manner of death was ruled a homicide — which, in coroner circles, means the death was caused, at least in part, by human action. Westword has the story.

07022018_bruce_union_station_guards_0007Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Once inside the bathroom, the man later told police, Hunter and Diaz checked the stalls to make sure they were empty. Then Hunter put on a pair of black gloves with silver dots on the knuckles and took a swing; his fist collided with the left side of the man’s face. The man said he didn’t remember anything else that happened before he woke up in his home two days later, unsure of how he even got there. Westword has the story.

bobby.espinoza.two.with.fatherBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The emotion is palpable in Bobby Espinoza’s voice when he talks about what was done to the body of his late father, Jerry Espinoza, after it was delivered to Sunset Mesa funeral home.

“They cut his legs off, they cut his arms off, they cut his head off,” Espinoza says. “Then they sent them to different places. And we didn’t want that done.” Westword has the story.

randall.butler.mug.shotBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: According to a statement from the district attorney, Butler allegedly offered to drive a stranded female in his patrol car to a more secure location near her home. “Butler drove the victim to a vacant parking lot near 25th and Sheridan where the alleged sexual assault occurred. Butler then left the victim and drove away in his patrol car.” Westword has the story.

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