Denver police examine baton assault of protester


Denver police are investigating an allegation that an officer sexually assaulted a protester with a baton whereas taking him into custody in July.
After police tackled Michael Jacobs at a park close to the state Capitol on July 29, an officer plunged a baton into his bottom a number of occasions, inflicting him to endure hemorrhages, his lawyer Michael Greife mentioned Tuesday. One other officer held him by his hair and punched him within the head, giving him a concussion, he mentioned.
“It was the traumatizing expertise I’ve been by means of in all 23 years of my life,” Jacobs advised KDVR-TV, which first reported on the investigation.
Denver police spokesperson Jay Casillas confirmed the division is conducting an inside investigation of the allegation and declined additional remark as a result of it’s ongoing.
Jacobs has been charged with making an attempt to disarm a police officer throughout a protest over an operation to take away homeless individuals from the park.
Based on a police doc describing why Jacobs was arrested, he matched the outline of a person who was seen making an attempt to tear down a fence on the park and getting into the park. When officers moved to arrest him, the doc says that Jacobs started to violently resist and tried to take an officer’s pepper ball gun. Officers have been capable of forcibly pull Jacobs to the bottom and arrest him, in accordance with the doc.
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Griefe denied the allegations and thinks they have been made as much as justify the police’s therapy of Jacobs, noting he has not been charged with destroying property or trespassing because the doc alleged. Whereas the police doc mentioned the suspect being sought was contained in the park, Griefe famous {that a} video taken by a bystander exhibits Jacobs exterior the park when he’s tackled by police.
A lightened model of the nighttime video present an officer transferring a baton up and down as Jacobs is on the bottom.
Griefe and his colleagues plan to sue police after combating the prison case in opposition to him.
“They don’t stand a snowball’s probability in hell of proving this earlier than a jury,” mentioned Birk Baumgartner, the agency’s managing lawyer.


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