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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Man Jailed For Asking For Police ID: City To Pay 8,500

All he did was ask for the officer's identification card. He was arrested and thrown in jail for his request. There is no report that the officer in question was ever reprimanded.

Rocky Mountain News - A Denver man who was arrested after he asked to see a police officer’s business card has settled his lawsuit against the city.

Evan Herzoff, a University of Colorado at Denver student and local CopWatch volunteer, was arrested April 8.

Herzoff had been videotaping the arrest of another individual in a parking lot as part of his CopWatch work. Police asked for his identification, which Herzoff produced, and then told him he was free to go.

But when Herzoff asked for Officer Jeffrey Morgan’s business card, the officer told him, "Let’s take you to jail instead." Herzoff was handcuffed and spent the night in jail.

A charge of trespass against Herzoff later was dismissed.Rocky Mountain News

1 comment:

BethL said...

You seem to be a bit behind the times. The officer at fault was disciplined, as you can read here:
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/13344028/detail.html?rss=den&psp=news