Denver police and protesters portray different realities in federal lawsuits

The police officers and protesters involved in racialist demonstrations in 2020 at the state of state, paint completely different pictures of how it looked on the ground.

Why it’s important: It is up to the jurors to decide whose version they should believe – and the point of view they adopt will support the rest of the trial.

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Driver news: On Monday, former Denver police officer Keith Valentine and current lieutenant Michael O’Donnell took over the stand.

What protesters say: The actions of police officers “blew my mind” and reflected a “use of force that I never dreamed I would experience,” said Sara Fitouri, a union organizer and resident of Denver who is one of 12 wounded protesters who sues the city.

  • She remembered a nearby protester trapped in an alley, tear gas and screaming, “We must die – they will kill us!”

What the police say: “I saw nothing that worried me or worried me, or that I felt was outside” Denver Police Department’s policies on the use of force, “said Valentine, who now works for a body camera manufacturer for police.

The big picture: This split screen view defines the first of its kind trial, which is now entering its second week.

What to see: The coming days will include more testimonies from plaintiffs, police chiefs and third-party experts. The trial is expected to last three weeks.

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