Friday, September 10, 2010



Do what must be done to separate this bastard from his issued badge and gun.

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"Criminals With Badges": Denver's Militarized Police

By: Will Grigg

Featured Liberty News Radio Columnist

"I been forced to write my own laws, and you violated one in there. I just have to find you guilty of contempt of cop."

Bumper Morgan, Joseph Wambaugh's eponymous Blue Knight, justifying his brutal assault on a young man who had casually insulted him.

Jared Lunn, a 21-year-old volunteer firefighter from Brighton, Colorado, visited Denver's LoDo district to celebrate a friend's birthday. The evening was quite pleasant until Jared, who was carrying a pizza and minding his own business, was suddenly punched in the face and knocked flat by someone he had never met.

Shortly after the assailant scurried away the police arrived, and Jared's night took a pronounced turn for the worse.

Perhaps Jared was unaware of the axiom that it is never a good idea to ask the police for help.

Perhaps the fact that he is involved in a "public safety" role led Jared to assume that the police would treat him with courtesy and professionalism. In any case, Jared told Officer Eric Sellers that he had just been assaulted and that he wanted to press charges. Sellers told the victim to go home, and he wasn't impressed when Jared appealed to him as a fellow "public servant."

"Way to `protect and serve,'" muttered Jared in disgust as he walked away.

A violent assault on a mere Mundane is a trivial matter -- but this was a clear-cut case of "contempt of cop," and it could not go unpunished.

Sellers seized Jared and threw him to the ground. While screaming a steady stream of profanities at the terrified young man, Sellers beat him and applied a vicious choke hold. After Jared's body went limp, Sellers wrenched his hands behind his back and handcuffed him with such violence that the victim wouldn't have full use of his hands for a week.

This felonious assault took place in the presence of two other police officers who, in keeping with the oath-bound discipline of their brotherhood, refused to intervene.

"This guy (Sellers) does this all the time," one of the bully's comrades told Chris Fuchs, an eyewitness to the November 23, 2008 assault, after Jared was released. "We don't know how he gets away with it." The obvious reply would be: "He gets away with it because of the guilty collaboration of `good cops' like you."

Two months later, Sellers became annoyed with a young man named John Crespin,whose behavior struck the officer as "nosy." Sellers pulled up into the driveway of John's home and ordered the young man out of the car.

As John complied, his shoulder brushed lightly against Sellers's arm. Infuriated that a Mundane had defiled his sanctified personage through incidental contact, Sellers inflicted a dose of summary "street justice" as an act of ritual purification.

Just as he did to Jared Lunn, Sellers put John in a chokehold while spitting obscenities in his face. After handcuffing the victim, Sellers used his police baton to lift the young man a couple of feet from the ground, then dropped him face-first into the driveway. The representative of the Denver city government's punitive priesthood dragged the bloodied man off the pavement, draped him over the hood of his police car, and administered the laying on of hands.

"He started punching me in the sides while I was already handcuffed," Crespin later told the local NBC affiliate. "I told him to quit, quit, and he wouldn't quit. He did it one more time and he grabbed my face and said, `Who the f*** do you think you are?'"

After being beaten into a lumpy mess, John Crespin -- despite the absence of a criminal history -- was charged with "felony menacing." Terrified and worried about being separated from his newborn child, Crespin accepted a plea bargain agreement that resulted in probation.

Sellers was later found to have used "inappropriate force" against Jared Lunn. The same review found that the officer had compounded that offense through the "commission of a deceptive act" -- that is, lying to internal affairs investigators. According to the Denver PD's existing disciplinary guidelines, this is cause for "presumptive termination." Yet Sellers continues to draw a paycheck as a member of the police force afflicting Denver.

In fact, Sellers -- who, according to his colleagues, commits criminal assaults against innocent people "all the time" -- complained in a court filing that the disciplinary action against him was "excessive," because it specified that another episode of that kind would result in immediate termination.

Denver's Citizen Oversight Board insists, correctly, that Sellers should have been fired already (and prosecuted as well). The Denver Police Protective Association -- that is, local armed tax-feeder union -- has Sellers's back, of course.

This isn't surprising, given that in September 2008 -- just weeks before Sellers assaulted Jared Lunn -- the Denver police union distributed t-shirts to its members depicting a baton-wielding riot cop rising ominously about the city's skyline.

"We get up early, to BEAT the crowds," gloated the inscription. Each member of the Denver PD received one of the commemorative t-shirts, which were created in anticipation of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Sellers apparently perceived that ill-advised pun as a directive and took it to what passes for his heart. Interestingly, Sellers owes his continued employment to a figure who played a critical role in the militarized security preparations for the 2008 convention: Ron Perea, who until recently was Manager of Safety for the City of Denver.

Perea was the Secret Service Special Agent in Charge during the 2008 Democratic National Convention. His previous experience included a stint as head of the Denver Field Office for the Secret Service, a position on the executive board of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Los Angeles, and five years on the Albuquerque Police Department.

It's difficult to imagine someone whose career offers a better core sample of contemporary law enforcement at all levels. So it's quite significant that Perea, as Safety Manager, defined his job in terms of protecting the career prospects of abusive police, rather than protecting the public. As Safety Manager, Perea had the final say regarding complaints of excessive force. His decisions reflected an obvious desire to placate the demands of the police union, rather than holding abusive cops accountable for their offenses.

Perea resigned his post on August 31, barely three months into his $152,000-a-year job, because of rising public disgust over his handling of several recent episodes of criminal violence by the Denver PD. In addition to the leniency he had displayed toward Sellers, Perea refused to discipline Officer Devin Sparks, who severely beat Michael DeHerrera on a LoDo street corner in April 2009.

DeHerrera's friend, Shawn Johnson, had been ejected from a local club after an altercation with a bouncer. When the police arrived, they "arrested" Johnson so violently that DeHerrera made a frantic phone call to his father, Pueblo County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony DeHerrera.

"They're beating up Shawn -- what do I do?" a panicked Herrera asked his father. This apparently is what provoked Sparks to blind-side Herrera, slamming him to the sidewalk and repeatedly beating him with a leather-shrouded metal club called a "sap."

This much is captured by one of the Panopticon-style High Activity Location Observation (HALO) cameras scattered throughout that section of Denver. However, just as Sparks lays into Hererra, the camera -- which was operated by a Denver PD officer in real time -- suddenly pans up and away from the scene.

Detective John White, a spokesman for the Denver PD, insists that this wasn't an Orwellian "rectification" in real time, but rather a result of a camera following a pre-set program. Whether or not this is true, there is compelling evidence that Sparks and his partner, Corporal Randy Murr, took immediate action to cover up the crime. That evidence, interestingly, comes from an unimpeachable law enforcement source -- Deputy Anthony DeHerrera, who overheard the officers via his son's still-active cell phone.

"The last thing we (the elder DeHerrera and his wife) heard was, `We've got to get rid of the phone, they're recording us.'" The phone went dead -- leaving Michael's parents to wonder if the same was true of their son.

After being beaten unconscious, DeHerrera was charged with "resisting" and "interfering" with the officers, but those charges were eventually dismissed.

The official report filed by Sparks claimed that as Corporal Murr was detaining Shawn Johnson, DeHerrera "was about 1 ft. away and began yelling and screaming at the officers. I advised him numerous times to get back and he refused. I then attempted to detain the defendant at which time he tensed up, made a fist and bladed his body. He then spun to his left attempting to strike me in the face with a closed right fist. I then took him to the ground where he attempted to strike me again...."

In his analysis of the video and other evidence, Richard Rosenthal, Denver's Independent Police Monitor,concluded that the beating was an unwarranted act of violence and that the report filed by Sparks and Murr was "pure fiction."

"In fact, the video shows that the complainant (DeHerrera) did not make any aggressive moves toward (Sparks)," wrote Rosenthal in his review of the case. "Although the complainant was not complying with (Sparks's) orders to get on the ground, the complainant did not make any attempt to strike (Sparks), either before being taken to the ground or upon being taken to the ground." In fact, as Rosenthal observes, the reports filed by Sparks and Murr were completely untainted by the truth.

Perea, claiming that unspecified "witness testimony" substantiated the claim that DeHerrera had threatened the officers, insisted that the "totality" of circumstances justified the beating.

Despite finding Sparks and Murr guilty of falsifying official reports, Perea claimed that they were guilty of "inconsistencies" and "misperceptions," rather than "`willful, intentional, or knowing deception,'" and thus weren't subject to summary termination.

Rather than cashiering the perjurious police officers, Perea merely suspended them three days and "fined" one of them the equivalent of three days' pay. In a footnote to his summary, Rosenthal notes that one of the officers (most likely Sparks) "received more serious discipline because that officer had a prior disciplinary history."

In other words, he was a recidivist and proven perjurer. Nonetheless, Perea perversely insisted that he was still qualified to prowl the streets of Denver armed with various implements of violence and clothed in the supposed authority to inflict lethal violence on anyone who refused to comply with his whims.

Shortly before Perea's resignation, video footage surfaced of another police beat-down as summary punishment for "interference and resistance," this one involving a hapless pedestrian named Mark Ashford.

While walking his dogs in downtown Denver last March 16, Ashford saw an officer pull over a motorist for supposedly running a stop sign.

Acting out of a commendable civic concern, Ashford tapped on the windshield and told the driver he'd be willing to testify that the motorist had actually come to a full stop. This provoked the officer to demand that Ashford provide ID -- a spurious, vindictive, and unwarranted order.

Ashford compiled, and then quite sensibly began to record the incident with his cellphone camera. This prompted the heroic officer to call for backup. The two tax-fattened bullies -- later identified as Officers John Diaz and Jeff Cook -- then shoved the slightly built pedestrian up against a bridge railing, repeatedly punching him and trying to steal the camera.

After beating Ashford into submission, the officers left him handcuffed in a crumpled heap. After being booked on spurious charges -- which were immediately dropped -- Ashford was hospitalized with a concussion and a cut over his right eye.

Seeking to placate growing public concern regarding criminal assaults by Denver police, Chief Gerald Whitman told the local NBC affiliate that "the police department is under control" and that it actually receives fewer use-of-force complaints than departments in most other major cities.

Jared Lunn, who eventually settled his lawsuit against the department, offers a different view.

"Denver police, to me, are basically criminals with badges," he told the Denver Post. "I have no respect for them (and) I somewhat fear them...."

Oddly enough, both Whitman and Lunn are correct: The militarized criminal syndicate called the Denver Police Department is not measurably worse than its counterparts in most major U.S. cities.
One Denver cop linked to two alleged beatings

written by: Jeffrey Wolf Deborah Sherman



DENVER - In two months, two young men claim Denver Police Officer Eric Sellers handcuffed them, beat them and then screamed obscenities at the top of his lungs in their faces, 9Wants to Know has learned. In both cases, the men have no criminal histories and claim Seller's actions were unprovoked.

- City councilman wants DPD procedures reviewed

"If they would have taken him off the force in November 2008, that incident with my son would have never taken place," Delilah Quintana, mother of John Crespin, said. "It would have never happened. My son would have never been beaten that bad. But they failed to do their jobs."

Crespin had a run in with Sellers in Jan. 20, 2009. That was just two months after Sellers confronted volunteer firefighter Jared Lunn in lower downtown Denver on Nov. 23, 2008.

Crespin claims Sellers pulled in his driveway behind him and asked him to get out of the car. When Crespin complied, he says his shoulder brushed Sellers arm and says the officer flew off the handle.

Crespin says Sellers first ripped off his necklace, put him in a chokehold, and then lifted him 3 feet off the ground with nothing but his police baton. Sellers allegedly let Crespin fall to the ground face first. Then, Crespin says Sellers pulled him over the police car and hit him.

"He started punching me in the sides while I was already handcuffed. He was punching me in the sides," Crespin said. "I told him to quit, quit and he wouldn't quit. He did it one more time and he grabbed my face and said, 'Who the F do you think you are?'"

Crespin, who did not have a criminal history, was charged with felony menacing. He pleaded guilty to the charge in June 2009 and received probation. Crespin maintains he only pleaded guilty because he was afraid of going to jail and not seeing his new baby.

The Denver Police Department has not yet responded to requests by 9Wants to Know to learn if the internal investigation is open or closed or what the findings might be. Sellers is currently on leave with the police department.

The case involving Sellers and Lunn was reopened Monday hours before Denver Manager of Safety Ron Perea submitted in his resignation.

Lunn claims Sellers assaulted him after he told the officer to do his job and arrest someone. Lunn claims Sellers choked him, handcuffed him and then screamed obscenities words at him in front of a dozen witnesses in front of a downtown Denver restaurant.

In both cases, Sellers has said in court, or through attorneys, he did not hit anyone or was not involved at all.

Denver Police Chief Gerald Whitman would not specifically address any specific cases on Tuesday because they are under investigation. He did say there valid reasons and times that officers need to use force to get someone under control or arrest.

"Sometimes officers have to defend themselves, go hands on and it's not real pretty if you're in a fight," Whitman said. "And not a lot of people have been in those situations."

If you have any news tips or video, please e-mail Deborah Sherman at

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Connie Crouse said...

None of you stupid people know the actual truth of what happend that day. Eric Sellers is a good man, a good father and somebody who wants other people to respect the law. This stupid fire fighter was drunk in public. Anybody see that as a fucking crime?? Think about who it is your hurting, his son has read these cruel posts and you have nothing to apologize for?? Fuck all of you low lives the only reason your mad is because your probably breaking the law too. Eric Sellers life is none of anyones business. Especially law breaking douchers like you. Leave him alone, you can't handle the truth.

Dan Tana said...

Nice job, Connie. All you have done is make Eric Sellers look worse than he already does. With "friends" like you, Eric doesn't need enemies. Sounds like both you and Eric come from the same mold. Eric sounds like a dangerous criminal to me.

zeke usmc said...

connie crouse is a complete idiot anyone who is friends with a scumbag like eric need to come to reality

Anonymous said...

So "drunk in public" now justifies a beating in public? According to "Connie" whoever she is, if your drunk in public then you deserve to be beaten up by the cops, not merely arrested. Oh and by the way, if he was drunk in public then why did Sherlock Sellers tell him to go home? Why was the assault only after a verbal slight? A good man takes verbal insults and does not return them with violence, which means Sellers is NOT a good man. He is a thug with a badge. It should be taken away, and he should be prosecuted for felony assault. If your so concerned about his son reading bad things about him, then you should admonish Sellers to not behave in such a deplorable fashion.

alphatwotango said...

Not to worry, with the nation in the shambles of which it is, and the fact that all hell will be blowing loose, and very soon at that, I wouldn't want to be in the shoes of Sellers or any other cop of their ilk. There is and will be a pay back time and it won't be from only those person's that sellers and his like minded cops have pummeled, there will be the 3%r's looking for them and it won't be nice. Pay back will be hell, and when things go, ka-boom, these thugs will be leaving nicotine stains in their skivvies.