Denver D.A.: Force Against Booker Was Justified

From 1990 till now I keep reading about cops that kill people here in Denver. And they get away with it. Here is a other one. Lets see, 56 years old, 135lbs. Held on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

And now hes dead because of 4 guards basically killing him in cold blood. Because he didn’t do what they said.  Keep him locked up or something, don’t give him food. Didn’t have to kill him.

And now the D.A. says there will be no charges filed.  Again, Denver gets away with murder. !!!

Just my thoughts, Admin.

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Deputies were justified in their use of force against 56-year-old Marvin Booker, District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said.

Booker died July 9 after he was placed in a “sleeper” hold and shocked with a Taser in an incident in which deputies also piled on top of him.

Booker disobeyed orders and cursed at a female deputy who was trying to put him in a holding cell before three other deputies joined the fray, Morrissey said.

Booker continued to resist when all he needed to do was comply with orders, the district attorney said in the prepared statement.

“There is not supposed to be a fight. Arrestee compliance is not optional, it is mandatory,” he wrote.

Booker had been arrested for investigation of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Morrissey noted the 135-pound, 5-foot-5-inch Booker was surprisingly strong. Surveillance video played in slow motion and stopped several times helped the district attorney reach his conclusion.

A coroner’s report said Booker’s death was caused by cardio-respiratory arrest during physical restraint. The autopsy also found contributing factors that included emphysema, an enlarged heart and recent cocaine use, Morrissey said.

“He internally had emphysema, he had a heart that was nearly twice the size it normally should have been and he had cocaine on board and nobody could have known that,” Morrissey told CBS4’s Shaun Boyd. “So he died of a heart attack as a result of the physical altercation, which would include his exertion during the course throughout.

“So when I say, ‘Had he complied, had he given them his arms, had he gone to the holding cell when he was asked to,’ this never would have happened.”

Booker’s family was devastated by the announcement, said the Rev. Timothy Tyler, a longtime friend of Booker’s father, Benjamin Booker, and a pastor of Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church.

“It looks like they have blamed the dead man,” Tyler said. “I believe the community will be outraged, people in power have betrayed our trust.”

“I’m blown away by the decision the district attorney made. This case screams out for accountability,” Booker family lawyer Darold Killmer. “Mr. Booker was murdered at the hands of Denver law enforcement officers and the D.A. has said, ‘We’re not going to do anything about it.'”

Mayor John Hickenlooper, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, said the deputies involved in the case remained on administrative leave during an ongoing internal affairs investigation.

“We remain committed to a thorough, fair and timely review of the case,” he said in a statement.

He also said he was working with the family to allow a private viewing of the surveillance video, which will not be publicly released until the internal affairs investigation is complete.

Councilman Paul Lopez said it’s important to ensure the internal investigation is swift, fair and transparent.

“There’s a lot of people that are grieving with this family in the community around this case,” he said.

Associated Press Writer Ivan Moreno contributed to this report.

Statement from Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper


“The City is moving forward with the Sheriff Department’s internal affairs investigation. We remain committed to a thorough, fair and timely review of the case. The deputies involved remain on investigatory leave during the internal affairs investigation.

“The Denver Sheriff Department is investigating the case with the oversight of the Office of Independent Monitor and ultimate review by the Manager of Safety. The Sheriff Department is finalizing plans for a national review of appropriate jail policies.

“We are committed to working with Mr. Booker’s family and their attorneys to arrange a private viewing of the jail video. The video will be made available to the public at the conclusion of the internal affairs investigation and disciplinary process. It is not appropriate to release the video at this time because witnesses are still being interviewed as part of the internal affairs investigation.”

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