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Denver cop arrested in teen beating

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Datum: 10.05.2008 06:29
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I believe a strong police force is one that has ethics and
professionalism. Not reckless people like these who endanger
themselves their fellow officers and the public.

Denver cop arrested in teen beating
Teen alleges excessive force by gang bureau officer
By Christopher N. Osher
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 05/09/2008 06:07:16 AM MDT

A 12-year veteran of the Denver Police Department was arrested
Thursday on a felony charge of second-degree assault after accusations
that he used excessive force against a 16-year-old.

Officer Charles Porter, 40, has been suspended without pay from the
department. He had been assigned to the gang bureau prior to the

The suspension is in connection with alleged excessive force against
Juan "Willie" Vasquez, who suffered a lacerated liver, kidney injuries
and broken ribs on April 18 near West 37th Avenue and Pecos Street.

An incident report was unavailable late Thursday.

Vasquez has undergone at least two surgeries at Denver Health Medical
Center and still has a tube inserted into his back to expel bodily
fluids, said his brother Felipe Vasquez, 27.

"He said they jumped on him with both feet," the brother said. "He
said they beat him and hit him with a flashlight, and they left him
there and gave each other high-fives, and then the ambulance came.
Then they said, 'What happened, did you fall?' "

The arrest of a Denver officer in connection with use of force is not
unprecedented, but it is rare. The vast majority of citizen complaints
alleging unnecessary force by police result in no internal discipline,
let alone criminal charges.

Porter, who has declined comment, has had a past discipline issue.

Safety Manager Al LaCabe last year suspended Porter for 30 days
without pay for failing to notify police dispatchers that his partner
had shot a suspect on March 29, 2007. A police supervisor eventually
made the proper notifications in that case.

Independent monitor Richard Rosenthal, who oversees police internal
investigations, had pushed for a harsher penalty for the failure to
notify dispatch of the shooting.

In a report on the incident, Rosenthal, without naming Porter, said he
thought a harsher penalty of a 60-day suspension was warranted, in
part, because Porter originally made a misleading statement to the
dispatcher that he and his partner were investigating a one-car crash
even after the shots had been fired.

"The officer was deceptive in his communication with dispatch,
incomplete in his communication with his supervisor and, as such, put
numerous lives in danger," Rosenthal wrote in the report. "In
addition, his actions had a negative impact on the integrity of a
well- thought out and long-standing officer-involved shooting
investigation protocol."

For the recent assault allegations, Porter was booked by the Denver
Sheriff Department and posted bond Thursday.

Lt. Ronald Saunier said that an investigation into the excessive-force
case is ongoing and that a decision on formal charges is not expected
from the Denver district attorney's office until later this week.

The Denver chapter of the Latino Peace Officers Association, which is
composed of more than 80 Denver police officers, has asked Police
Chief Gerry Whitman to turn the case over to the FBI for investigation
of possible civil-rights violations.

Christopher N. Osher: 303-954-1747 or cosher@denverpost.com

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