Women tell how police arrested them on warrants describing other people
By Sarah Langbein, Special to the Rocky
But that was enough to land each in jail.
Both women were put behind bars by Denver police based on arrest warrants meant for someone else. Their legal teams at the American Civil Liberties Union allege their incarcerations were a result of sloppy detective work by the Denver Police Department. In each case, a simple check of the physical descriptions and other identifying information would have told police they had the wrong women, they said.
So they fought back.
'This has to be a mistake'
Rodriguez, 32, turned to a Denver television station to bring attention to her plight when her own detective work couldn't clear her name.
The Aurora woman was stunned that her application for a seasonal job at the post office revealed a supposed criminal past.
"I kept thinking: 'No way, this has to be a mistake,' " she said.
So she quickly called back the post office and asked them to double-check their records. They must have made a mistake, she told them.
But the postal employee said their records showed she was wanted for assault and disturbing the peace.
A trip to the Denver courthouse provided some answers but not enough. So she began calling around to different police districts for clarification. But when that got her nowhere, she drove to police headquarters.
That landed her in jail.
Rocky Mountain News