Reading from the Voice Media empire: A feared confrontation between members of a white supremacists group and Antifa protesters outside a controversial college campus event came to pass. Although no arrests took place, multiple reports say things got physical between the antagonists, with injuries suffered on both sides. A post on the Antifa group’s Facebook page offers this summary: “Cause and effect…. Don’t be a fucking Nazi.” Westword has the story.
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Reading from the Voice Media empire: A mistrial has been declared in the case of Michaella Surat, a college student who was charged with obstruction and resisting arrest after an April 2017 incident during which her body-slamming by a police officer was captured in a viral video. See it and get the details here. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: News that a Houston-area grand jury had been looking into a sexual-assault accusation against wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is something of a gift to the Denver Broncos, the franchise for which he’s played since 2014. Speculation has been rife that the team was looking to dump him for economic reasons, even though jettisoning the fan favorite would have almost certainly stirred controversy. Now, however, getting rid of Sanders despite him dodging an indictment in the Houston case can be spun as team executive John Elway and company taking a stand against the sort of bad off-the-field behavior that’s led to the Broncos racking up 49 arrests since the year 2000, a total that’s tied for the most in the NFL over that span. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Last year, the mother of Paul Castaway, a suicidal man who was holding a knife to his own throat when he was killed by police officer Michael Traudt in July 2015, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in the case, with attorney Matthew Buck arguing that Castaway was “effectively murdered” during an incident captured on video. Now, a U.S. District Court judge has denied a motion to dismiss the excessive-force aspect of the allegations against Traudt, keeping the case alive and on track for what could be a blockbuster trial. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: In his new memoir, Daril Cinquanta isn’t exactly shy about tooting his own horn – “If you are good at something, go ahead and flaunt it” is another of his clichés-to-live-by. But after nearly 400 pages of warts-and-all waltzing down memory lane, I was still confused about the something Cinquanta believes he was best at. Putting bad guys behind bars? Turning junkies into informants? Looking the other way while fellow officers slept on duty, shagged groupies in their patrol cars and thumped suspects in the pursuit of “street justice”? Deflecting official inquiries into his own enthusiastic but not always by-the-book police work? Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:In 2013, jail inmate Zackary Moffitt died of a heart attack after three days during which authorities essentially ignored escalating medical symptoms associated with alcohol detoxing, including hallucinations and repeated vomiting of green bile. Now, more than four years later, Summit County has agreed to pay Moffitt’s still-young children $3.5 million to settle the case. Here are the shocking details. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Mere days after a $4.65 million settlement was reached in the case of Michael Marshall, who died in a detention center circa 2015 during a mental-health episode, a Career Service Board hearing officer has tossed out minor suspesions against Carolos Hernandez and Bret Garegnani, two deputies who took part in the incident. The lawyers representing the Marshall family are appalled by this decision, as well as by comments in the report about the matter Deputy Eishi Yamaguchi, who specializes in training jail personnel in use-of-force matters. In reference to Hernandez and Garegnani, he’s quoted as saying, “I have zero concerns about anything they did. I was expecting to see something different. Actually, I’d love to have the video just for training.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:A man serving a 64-year prison sentence for armed robbery has had his conviction overturned after his attorneys discovered that the state’s star witness in the case had been found mentally incompetent in another criminal prosecution twenty years earlier. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: According to a recently filed lawsuit, Michael Bailey spent 52 days in jail because the sheriff’s office where he was wanted for a minor offense didn’t bother to pick him up from the facility that held him. And a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is backing the complaint, says his story is far from unique. Westword has the story.