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Police brutality: Denver incidents tie into national police-misconduct upswing

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Joel Warner
Denver Westword
Sept 16, 2010

Much has been made of several high-profile incidents of alleged police brutality involving the Denver PD, culminating in the resignation of Denver Manager of Safety Ron Perea.

Number crunchers even suggest Denver’s number-one for excessive-force complaints. But while the focus may be on Denver, the incidents may be tied to a national upswing in police misconduct.

As reported by USA Today in 2007, federal court cases involving law enforcement using excessive force or other tactics to violate civil rights increased 25 percent between 2001 and 2007 nationwide, from 224 cases to 281.

The upswing can’t be written off as just a matter of increasingly overzealous litigators. During that same time period, the U.S. Justice Department reported it won 53 percent more convictions in such cases.

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