the Denver Post
So many police internal affairs files and use of force documents have been turned over to lawyers suing the for alleged police brutality that a federal judge today decided to appoint a special master to help coordinate discovery.
"There is an enormous amount of information coming out of the city," said David Lane, a lawyer representing James Moore. Moore contends that on March 23, 2008 Denver police beat him without provocation so severely that he lost consciousness and CPR was needed to revive him.
The city turned over the documents after Senior U.S. District Judge John Kane repeatedly ordered the city to release them to the lawyers representing Moore.
The city still is providing the lawyers representing Moore additional documents. Kane has ordered the city to turn over eight years' worth of police excessive-force complaints and all details on the follow-up investigations for both the Denver Police Department and the Denver Sheriff's Office.
Lane said he and the other lawyers representing Moore still are trying to determine how to "find the needle in literally hundreds of thousands of pages of documents."
Assistant City Attorney Thomas Bigler told the judge that the city has provided to Moore's lawyers 105,000 pages of documents and 2,300 CDs and DVDs so far, with more material coming.
Kane said he wants the lawyers for both sides to suggest a special master, preferably one with skills in interpreting databases, to help come up with a way to analyze the records and determine how to proceed.
Kane originally ordered the city to produce the documents in another excessive-force case involving one of the same police officers Moore has accused. The city settled that lawsuit, in which Jason Graber alleged police unnecessarily grabbed him by the neck and kicked his feet out from under him, causing him to fall to the ground and injure his knee and elbow.
Despite the $225,000 settlement in the Graber case, Kane has continued to order the city to provide the documents in the lawsuit filed by Moore.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
the Denver Post