So the guy in the video below had two teeth chipped when, as you’ll see, the cop grabs him by the hair and slams his head into the pavement. After you watch, see if the tape jibes with the sworn testimony the police officers gave in court:
Before the Denver detectives knew about the videotape, they wrote reports and were deposed in court about what happened. Both officers said Heaney was throwing “wild punches” at them, hit the officers in the face and chest and continued to attack them, even when they had him on the ground.
Under oath, Cordova and Costigan also denied knowing anything about Heaney’s broken teeth.
Heaney’s attorney Lonn Heymann asked Cordova in court, “Was there a point at which somebody slammed his face into the ground?”
Cordova answered, “Absolutely not.”
“How did Mr. Heaney’s front teeth get broken,” asked Heymann.
Cordova replied, “I have not a clue.”
The internal police investigation couldn’t find a single witness to the incident. The TV station found three. I can see at least that many in the video.
The Denver Police Department said Monday it is conducting an internal investigation of the arrest.
“The investigation is underway, and no conclusions should be drawn until all of the facts are available and the totality of the circumstances can be considered,” said Division Chief of Investigations Dave Fisher. “Everyone in our country is initially entitled to a presumption of innocence, even police officers.”
True. It’s just too bad the cops didn’t show a lick of respect for Cordova’s rights.
Oh, and after the beating, Heaney was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer and “criminal mischief” for allegedly breaking one of the officer’s sunglasses. Those charges have now been dropped. But not for the video, he’d likely have been convicted.