Police officers’ use of excessive force against suspects has become a prominent and important national controversy in recent years. While tragedies like the officer shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore have captured national headlines and attention, the problem of police brutality also hits closer to home.
In fact, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) is currently facing a number of police brutality lawsuits and has reportedly paid out more than $412,000 since 2010 to resolve various excessive force cases. Additionally, an investigation conducted by the Independent has found that:
- On average, citizens have filed one “use of excessive force” complaint against CSPD every week over the past 4 years.
- CSPD officers are rarely accountable outside of the Department.
- Information regarding disciplinary actions taken against CSPD officers is not made public.
Among the excessive force cases still pending against CSPD are two that have been filed by Colorado Springs Defense Attorney Shimon Kohn, who is focused on pursuing justice for victims.
Kohn Files Excessive Force Lawsuit against CSPD for Head Trauma Victim
One of the pending police brutality cases that Attorney Shimon Kohn is handling is associated with an incident that occurred on November 21, 2013. The incident reportedly started when police were called to a disturbance involving a gun. Upon arriving at the residence, officers did not find probable cause but did discover that a 19-year-old man at the residence had an outstanding warrant.
After placing the man under arrest, his 18-year-old girlfriend allegedly became “physically combative” and was “intoxicated and verbally uncooperative with police,” according to police reports. The woman was handcuffed and placed under arrest, after which Officer Tyler Walker took her to the hospital to obtain a “medical clearance” prior to booking her in jail.
What happened next has been documented differently in the police reports. Generally, however, the police reports state that the woman, who was forced to sit into a chair, allegedly kicked Walker in the groin, after which he “forcefully threw [the woman]… face down on the ground” and pinned her down.
The woman is 5’4” and weighs about 110 pounds while Walker is 6’3” and weighs about 210 pounds.
As a result of being thrown onto the ground, the woman suffered head and face trauma, including losing a tooth and sustaining closed head injuries. She still reportedly suffers from memory and cognitive impairments, along with PTSD.
Attorney Shimon Kohn is seeking $500,000 in damages on behalf of this victim of excessive force and has already filed a “notice of claim” letter with Colorado Springs to initiate this case. For more details about this incident and case, click here.
Another Excessive Force Lawsuit Filed by Kohn against CSPD
Colorado Springs Defense Attorney Shimon Kohn is also pursuing another excessive force lawsuit against CSPD on behalf of a 57-year-old man. This incident involved a standoff between CSPD and the man, who refused to come out of his home after an altercation with his neighbors. CSPD reportedly set off 28 tear gas canisters and an explosion in the man’s home, causing him to suffer a broken leg and other injuries.
For more details about this incident and case, click here.
Contact a Colorado Springs Defense Attorney at Kohn Law Firm Today
Have you or a loved one been the victim of an officer’s use of excessive force? If so, Colorado Springs Defense Attorney Shimon Kohn is here for you, ready to aggressively defend your rights and help you obtain the justice – and compensation – you deserve.
To learn more about how Shimon Kohn can help you, set up a free initial consultation with him by calling (719) 328-9555 or by emailing our firm using the contact form at the top of this page. From our offices in Colorado Springs, we represent clients throughout the Pikes Peak region and Colorado.