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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Father wants second Denver cop fired in beating of his son - The Denver Post

Father wants second Denver cop fired in beating of his son - The Denver Post

Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman's recommendation that an officer accused of beating Michael DeHerrera be fired doesn't go far enough, DeHerrera's father said Tuesday.

Anthony DeHerrera, a Pueblo County sheriff's deputy, said that while he is pleased by Whitman's recommendation on discipline for Officer Devin Sparks, DeHerrera thinks he also should have recommended termination for Cpl. Randy Murr. Both officers were investigated in the incident that occurred in Lower Downtown in April 2009.

DeHerrera thinks criminal prosecution should follow any termination.

"We want criminal charges brought against them. We want civil-rights charges brought against them. Just like everybody else. They violated the law; let them pay for it," he said.

Murr is the subject of a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming that he was involved in, and helped cover up, the beating of Alexander Landau, who was stopped for making an illegal left turn. That happened in January 2009, months before the incident in LoDo. An internal investigation in that case is underway. Murr has denied beating Landau but acknowledged in court papers that he put a gun to Landau's head.

A response from Murr and other defendants in that case says that any injuries Landau suffered were the result of his "own willful and intentional acts."

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