Mary Malatesta, Denver’s new Safety Manager, plans to reopen cases of alleged police brutality and discipline the officers involved, according to a recent report by Colorado CW affiliate KWGN.
Ms. Malatesta was sworn in as Safety Manager after the resignation of former Safety Manager Ron Perea. Mr. Perea left the job after rumors surfaced that he had failed to investigate or discipline officers allegedly involved in episodes of police brutality. In particular, Mr. Perea chose not to fire two officers who were caught on camera beating a Denver resident, instead arguing that he had done enough by docking their pay.
Other reported instances of police brutality include a dog owner who was allegedly beaten by police and an inmate who died in the Denver County Jail.
Police brutality is a particularly troubling form of assault. The victim is often helpless and left with nowhere to turn for help after the assault occurs. They may be left with permanent injuries or may face criminal charges merely for attempting to defend themselves. Victims of police brutality in Colorado may also find themselves admitting to crimes they did not commit in order to stop an assault.
If you have been charged with a crime in Colorado, you have several legal rights, including the right to be free of physical harm. If police brutality has interfered with your case, it would be highly beneficial to seek the help of an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer. The attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. will fight hard to defend your rights in court and ensure the best possible outcome in your case. Call skilled attorney Timothy Bussey today at 719-475-2555 for a free and confidential consultation.