Fired Denver Police Officers Challenge Termination

DENVER (CBS4)- Two Denver police officers who were fired last month have appealed that ruling. Former officers Devin Sparks and Randy Murr lost their jobs in connection with a beating caught on tape.

They were fired for filing inaccurate reports about what happened.

cop beating Fired Denver Police Officers Challenge Termination

An image captured from the Colorado Dept. of Transportation camera video at 15th & Larimer St. in Denver the night of the alleged beating. (credit: CDOT)

On Tuesday, April 5, they challenged their termination with the Denver Civil Service Commission. The officers said their termination was not supported by the “preponderance of evidence.”

They also claimed that the Denver Manager of Public Safety, Charles Garcia, did not have the jurisdiction to fire them because they had already been disciplined by the former manager of safety.

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  1. carson says:

    They are worried about their jobs? They are dang lucky not to be in prison, where they should be.

  2. carson says:

    It is very important that as many people as possible contact the Denver Civil Service Commission to complain about this appeal:

    http://www.denvergov.org/civilservice/B … fault.aspx

    They may not know how much trouble, and how serious a case this is. The officers are appealing by not having “a preponderance of evidence.” This is wholey without merit, as there is clearly about a 99.9% chance that they at lead lied in their reports.

    Go to it, everyone!!!!

  3. Martin says:

    The public has spoken, and we do not believe these criminals should be employed for us or in any position that requires the trust of the public. They should have been prosecuted. I do not have trust in the DA to bring all criminals to justice.

  4. Mike says:

    All you cop haters should do a ride-along for a month or two and see what the police have to deal with everyday. I realize that there are bad apples in the bunch as there are in any profession. I saw a young man on a cell phone that refused to obey officers, that is never a good idea. Until you walk in their shoes…….and no I am not a cop. Go ahead and fire away.

    1. carson says:

      1. That whole “do a ride-along” mantra is laughable. I have done several ride-alongs with my cousin and it is a big part of how I know a lot of cops are bad people and a lot of them break the law.
      2. How do you know that Sparks had probable cause to order DeHerrara to do anything? How do you know he refused to obey any orders? There is no audio and it appears Sparks is just standing there holding his arm. According to accounts, the only reason Sparks approached DeHerrera was because he was on a cell phone. That does not give an officer the right to make any “order” whatsoever. “A young man who refused to obey orders?” You have a serious case of the Just World Phenomenon and Victim Blaming. Textbook example. It’s people like you that are part of the problem with your denial and refusal to see when a cop behaves wrongly, VERY wrongly.

  5. Martin says:

    These cops are nobody special. They are just regular Joes whom graduated High School and think they are above the law. They should be prosecuted and punished with no limits. All the trust we put in them and this is how we are repaid. So now we as tax payers must pay for their complete disregard for law and order. I do not hate cops, but I do dislike those whom are nobodies and believe they are above the law.

  6. carson says:

    Mike, you are a naive, wool-over-the-eyes man, and it’s disappointing.
    1. That whole “do a ride-along” mantra is laughable. I have done several ride-alongs with my cousin and it is a big part of how I know a lot of cops are bad people and a lot of them break the law.
    2. How do you know that Sparks had probable cause to order DeHerrara to do anything? How do you know he refused to obey any orders? There is no audio and it appears Sparks is just standing there holding his arm. According to accounts, the only reason Sparks approached DeHerrera was because he was on a cell phone. That does not give an officer the right to make any “order” whatsoever. “A young man who refused to obey orders?” You have a serious case of the Just World Phenomenon and Victim Blaming. Textbook example. It’s people like you that are part of the problem with your denial and refusal to see when a cop behaves wrongly, VERY wrongly.

  7. Mike says:

    Carson, blah blah blah blah blah. Stop being so whiny.

  8. Lisa Hardesty-Jones says:

    Randy Murr is as dangerous as any crimminal out there! Hope another victim of his brutality, Alexander Landau is awarded his settlement.

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