DENVER (CBS4) – CBS4 has learned that the Denver city attorney has fired Assistant City Attorney Stuart Shapiro more than a year after he was placed on “investigatory leave” for his conduct in the case of Denver jail inmate Jamal Hunter.
Last year the city agreed to pay Hunter $3.25 million after he was beaten by other inmates while in the city jail in 2011. Hunter said Denver sheriff deputies either looked the other way or encouraged the cell block abuse to take place. Hunter was beaten by other inmates who also scalded him with boiling water.READ MORE: George Pollard, High School Basketball Coach, Accused Of Sexual Assault
In July 2014 Denver City Attorney Scott Martinez announced he was placing Shapiro on “investigatory leave” while Shapiro’s conduct in the Hunter case was reviewed. Shapiro was accused of sending emails to Denver police investigators encouraging them to pressure witnesses in the Hunter case.
Shapiro remained on leave until last week. Two sources familiar with the case told CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass Shapiro was quietly fired last week.READ MORE: Colorado Weather Experts Urge Drivers To 'Look Before You Lock'
Reached by phone Monday afternoon, Shapiro’s lawyer, Nathan Chambers, declined to confirm or deny the CBS4 report on the Shapiro termination saying he had “no comment.”
It’s unclear why it took more than a year for the city to decide to terminate Shapiro.
Attempts to reach Martinez by phone and email Monday about the Shapiro firing were unsuccessful. However Shapiro has 15 days from when he was fired to appeal the termination decision.MORE NEWS: Man Shot, Killed After Entering Douglas County Home With Gun