DENVER (CBS4)-A Denver Police Officer was acquitted of excessive force in a lawsuit on Thursday afternoon.

Vickie Ferrari is a former American Gladiator contestant. She was found not guilty of roughing up David Krause in 2007.

“I just think that the hardest part is the stress of going through a case and some of the negative publicity that’s been put out there, being tried in the media before the actual trial,” said Ferrari outside of court on Thursday.

krause DPD Officer Acquitted Of Excessive Force

David Krause talks to CBS4's Rick Sallinger outside the Federal Courthouse on Thursday. (credit: CBS)

Krause managed a Grease Monkey on East Colfax. He claims he asked Ferrari to move her patrol car, which was blocking the entrance to the business.

Ferrari then arrested Krause on interference charges, which were later dropped. He claimed she had violated his rights by arresting him and used excessive force by clamping the handcuffs so tightly that he now has nerve damage.

When asked why he thought the jury found the decision they did, Krause responded “People like cops. I don’t know. You’d have to ask them, I guess.”

“Police officers put their lives on the line everyday. She arrested him because he was yelling. He was interfering and he wouldn’t let her do her job,” said defense attorney Sean Olson.

The case got added attention due to Officer Ferrari’s one-time appearance on a popular TV show, American Gladiators.

“I don’t think that there is any connection. It was an opportunity that I had in my life to take part in and I was very proud to do that. I don’t think it defines who I am,” said Ferrari.

Comments (11)
  1. law abiding citizen says:

    cops think they are above the law. i hope she loses her case.

    1. ANGELO303 says:

      So what if they’re above the law? We all know the law: if you do what is right, you won’t get in trouble w/ the laws. I hate to see citizens undermined the law enforcement effort to protect us. Don’t get me wrong, there are bad cops out there but that does not mean all COPS are bad. God, do we forget that they put their life on the line everyday just to make sure you & I can leave freely?

      1. Concerned says:

        Do not forget Angel, law enforcement put there lives on the line by choice. No one makes them swear an oath, but it is an oath that needs to be followed to the letter! If an officer lies or covers up the faults of another officer than both need to go to jail. PERIOD! Law Enforcement must be held to higher standards than regular citizens! This is the only way the badge will be brought back into a respectful light.

  2. Nascarfan says:

    Maybe her crying the other day on the stand is why she was found not guilty, the jury felt sorry for her…

  3. lookingbeyondtheobvious says:

    Everyone is so quick to judge when a police officer has to use force on someone. They are trained to defend themselves with necessary force for necessary situations. I’m not saying every police officer never abuses their authority but in most cases they don’t. Who knows, if she would not have arrested him the situation could have escalated and he could have pulled his gun on her. Then a police officer would have lost their life just because she had to be soft on her job.

  4. Tash says:

    “The defense claims Ferrari became abusive, and called the incident a textbook arrest.”

    Nice proofreading. The defense would have claimed that KRAUS became abusive.

  5. rod begger says:

    I can’t beleive we have regressed to the dark ages where the law has absalute power and the common people have none . If this is what america has become than count me out.

  6. Phil says:

    Cant stand Denver pd.She probably didnt like a citizen telling her to move her cruiser.Give that tramp a ticket,then arrest her broke ass when she does’nt pay it.

  7. Steve says:

    When you interfere in a situation, that you have not business in, and it involves the police you are going to lose. She told him several times to stop and leave the situation alone. He’s lucky all that got hurt was his feelings.

  8. charles says:

    Do you really think anyone on the police department in denver where there alot of thugs on the force is going to go down for an obvious criminal act. I don’t think so.

  9. MemberOfTheJury says:

    To Nascarfan and Denver citizens – The officer’s crying did nothing to convince
    the jury in anything. Justice was not done in this case. Mr. K was wrongfully arrested and his right to Freedom of Speech was violated. The officer did not
    inform Mr. K that she was monitoring another officer’s traffic stop on the side street the first time Mr K asked her to move her vehicle. Where she had parked partially blocked the entrance to the business. She was annoyed with him. He has a right to verbally defend himself by telling her he did nothing wrong to be
    arrested for. My conscience is so bothered by the unjustice done here. The instructions to the jury “bound our hands” because of the specific requirements we had to agree on to vote in favor of Mr K’s Freedom of Speech violation. We couldn’t even give him compensation becuase of the way the instructions to the jury were written. Mr. K could not prove she DID NOT tell him the first time he spoke to her that she was monitoring the other officer’s traffic stop. It’s a “he said, she said” situation. I guess we need to take a recorder or another person with us when we speak to a police officer anymore.
    To Mr. K’s boyscouts – Mr. K is a good, brave person. It takes guts and bravery to fight a giant. Mr. K is not a “sissy whatever”. He is a brave leader. I am sorry and sad that justice for Mr. K was not done.

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