DENVER (CBS4) – The city of Denver is now facing a series of lawsuits stemming from a case of police officers using excessive force.

They were all filed Tuesday because of an incident in 2009. A night of celebrating for a group of women ended with a violent encounter with Denver police.

Sharelle Thomas was one of those women. She told CBS4 she ended up in the hospital and have to have surgery on her left eye because of the incident.

She is one of four women suing the city and officers even though they were fired over the incident.

“So many times people think they can’t stand up to a police officer — that they can’t stand up to the law. But when the law is wrong and the people who are supposed to be working for you turn against you, you have a voice and a right to say you were treated unfairly,” she said.

Thomas had just graduated from Colorado Christian University and was out to celebrate.

“It was supposed to be something that was absolutely amazing. A great accomplishment. And it ended up being a terrible night,” she said.

The situation was captured on one of the city’s High Activity Location Observation cameras. The HALO cam video, captured from the camera’s location on the west side of Speer Boulevard and across the street from the diner, showed Denver Officer Kevin Devine pulling Thomas by her arm. Devine had a cigar in his mouth.

“I was shoved, pinned down, then by another police officer pepper sprayed as I tried to get away,” Thomas said.

Devine, and Officer Ricky Nixon, who is also seen on the video macing a woman on her knees, were both fired. The city’s Manager of Safety said they were deceptive and left details of the incident out of their reports.

“This is another case of Denver police officers brutalizing citizens of Denver,” said Siddhartha Rathod, the lawyer representing Thomas.

CBS4 reached out to the city’s attorneys but they said they had no comment about the legal action.

Comments (8)
  1. DG says:

    I also didn’t see anything in the video that would lead to terminsating the officers. I saw aggressive civilians trying to interfere with a law enforcement officer. Now they’re trying to get paid by YOU the taxpayer. Shameful. Let’s kick the left out of government leadership or all things go to hell.

  2. R F Carpenter says:

    What were these gals doing to have the police show up. One person was being arrested… she resisted… game on! Then her idiot friends decide to jump in and put their hands on police officers…. that’s interfering with a police office in the line of duty… game on! The cops shouldn’t ah\\have been terminated… the PC Idiots that fired them should be terminated. the public doesn’t appreciate what it’s like for 2 cops to be surrounded buy 8, 10 or more civilians who are aggressive, loud mouthed and seemingly willing to use force (possibly in possession of guns or knives) I saw NOTHING on this tape that warrants and action on these officers. What I see now are 4 weasels looking for a payday….

    1. Gorky says:

      I agree. When the media leaves out the back story it is to deceive and convince the viewer that these perpetrators were victims.

  3. Pete Harms says:

    He was ostensibly removing a girl from a private establishment… she was resisting… THe officer was pushed, and he responded with force… I SAW NOTHING WRONG!!!!

  4. John says:

    You know there is an old saying
    “If it looks like a Duck and quacks like a Duck, it must be a Duck”
    How many Denver PD incidents is it going to take?
    There is seemingly no end to these reports.
    We are not exactly talking about isolated incidents here,

    1. Shorty Pajamas says:

      Actually John, we are talking about isolated incidents. DPD responds to hundreds — maybe thousands of disturbance calls every year. The fact that the officers in this case defended themselves against a pack of snarling dogs is hardly an indictment of the entire force. I think the cops showed remarkable restraint. It’s a shame they got fired, all in the name of political correctness.

  5. the_punnisher says:

    ” CBS4 reached out to the city’s attorneys but they said they had no comment about the legal action. ”

    Because you cannot defend against the indefensible, no matter how the PPA union thugs try to whitewash the incident.

    Watch for another BIG settlement against the City and it’s former KKK goons. Yes, the KKK WAS the DPD, mayor and governor of Colorado in the 20s and 30s…and the behavior of the DPD shows it….

    1. Roger Fleckmann says:

      Dear “Punnisher”, There’s only one “n” in punisher unless, of course, you’re kind of, well….dumb. Now, go get a job.

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