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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

ACLU Files Suit For Bad Arrests

Rocky -- Dennis Michael Smith was shackled and thrown in jail for the actions of a man who has haunted him since 1989.

Jose Ernesto Ibarra spent 26 days in jail, missing his son's first birthday, on an arrest warrant for someone else.

Both men share similar names as the suspects wanted by police.

On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado sued the city and county of Denver on behalf of these two men and three other Coloradans - Christina Ann FourHorn, Samuel Powell Moore and Muse Jama.

The lawsuit alleges its clients were innocent victims of mistaken-identity arrests.

The suit also names seven law enforcement officers.

The ACLU and its lawyers argue that "recklessly sloppy police work" put their clients behind bars in cases in which they had no connection.

Officers knowingly ignored facts and information that showed they were arresting the wrong person, said Mark Silverstein, legal director for the ACLU.


The Rocky Mountain News

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This looks good on paper, but the horribly corrupt police state in Colorado may take it as an opportunity to take everyone's DNA and totally miss the point.
The ACLU should also be looking at cruel and unusual punishment, double peopardy, and lack of any legal representation, interpreting minor arrests as excuses for violent crimes, all US Constitution violations that DOC is violating every day of the year

Anonymous said...

Dont expect any help from ACLU?? I reported a DOC guard for raping a women inmate. The ACLU sent me a letter stating they didnt have the funds to help just one person who had been raped. Yet i read about how they got special meals for a jewish prisoner!!! I reported the incident to Athony Romero in DC and got no response. I then dropped my membership in ACLU. djw

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