Case sealed after Denver sheriff’s deputy acquitted of assaulting inmate at downtown jail

The Denver Post: The case of a Denver Sheriff Department sergeant who was acquitted of assaulting an inmate has been sealed by the courts so the charge and other evidence has been hidden from public view.

However, The Denver Post obtained video footage of the incident through an open records request to the city’s Department of Safety after the jury’s decision was announced last week. The Post’s previous attempts to obtain video had been denied because of the ongoing criminal investigation.

Sgt. Randolph Romero, who had been charged with third-degree assault, no longer works for the sheriff’s department. A month after those charges were filed, Romero was suspended without pay for 40 days for fighting with an inmate in a downtown jail cell. Romero resigned while the criminal case was pending.

The video shows two deputies escort a man who is handcuffed and wearing a spit hood onto an elevator. Romero follows them inside and grabs the inmate by the back of his neck.

There is no audio in the video, but Romero is seen talking to the inmate before reaching around the inmate’s neck and throwing him to the ground. He laid on top of the inmate until the elevator stopped.

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