Denver Officials Getting Sheriff Review Update

DENVER (AP) – Denver’s City Council is getting an update on a review of the embattled sheriff’s department.

The City Council was scheduled to get a briefing Tuesday on plans to investigate operations at the department. Earlier this month the city agreed to pay $3.3 million to a former inmate who sued over abuse in the jail.

Jamal Hunter said a deputy ignored his screams while inmates attacked him and scalded his genitals in July 2011. Cameras captured another deputy choking Hunter 12 days later.

The settlement says a third party must investigate the sheriff’s department, including its hiring practices and the way it disciplines deputies. An investigator will also review the city attorney’s office, which was accused of misconduct related to Hunter’s lawsuit.

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