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Another Lawsuit Accuses Denver Sheriff Department Of Excessive Force

By Mark Taylor

DENVER (CBS4) - A man attacked by a sheriff's deputy has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city. The lawsuit accuses the Denver Sheriff Department and Deputy Thomas Ford of excessive force.

Thomas Ford
Thomas Ford (credit: CBS)

In July of 2013 Kyle Askin was taken to the Denver Detention Center for a parole violation. It was there where his attorneys say he was the victim of police brutality.

Jailhouse video shows Ford having a conversation with Askin before walking over to him and punching him.

Thomas Ford (credit: CBS)

"He aggressively approached Mr. Askin who was sitting compliant in his seat," Askin's attorney Qusair Mohamedbhai said Wednesday.

Askin received minor injuries, and Mohamedbhai believes his civil rights were violated.

"Mr. Askin was subjected to excessive force and cruel and unusual punishment while he was a detainee at the Denver Detention Center," Mohamedbhai said.

Qusair Mohamedbhai
Qusair Mohamedbhai (credit: CBS)

The lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the incident is just one of multiple civil rights violation, and that the city has failed to change the department's culture and rid itself of problem deputies. It's asking for an unspecified amount of damages.

The incident has plagued the sheriff department in the past. At the time the incident occurred the city was fighting two lawsuits over deputies' use of force that would end up costing the city millions.


Ford was fired by Denver's safety manager, but the city's Career Service Authority reversed that decision in 2015, and ordered the city to provide back pay.

"Denver is incapable of fixing the problem," Mohamedbhai said of the culture at the Denver Sheriff Department.

The Denver Sheriff Department declined to comment to CBS4 citing pending litigation.

LINK: Read The Complaint

Mark Taylor is a weekend morning anchor and reporter with CBS4 news covering a wide variety of stories. Follow him on Twitter @MarkTaylor_TV.


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