Colorado Springs police won’t say how officers are disciplined in excessive-force cases

From the Colorado Springs Independent:  An investigation of police documents and court records by the Independent has found that citizens have reported an average of one use-of-excessive-force episode per week over the last four years, that officers are rarely accountable to anyone outside the department, and that information about discipline resulting from an internal investigation isn’t released to the public. Additionally, Colorado Springs Police Department’s use-of-force policies largely make officers the arbiters of how much force to use and when, depending on the circumstances.

In the case of Ronald Brown, the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office argues that police officers used an appropriate amount of force.

But Brown disagrees, claiming he was a victim of the department’s “military strike force,” or SWAT, which is also known as the Tactical Enforcement Unit.

“Those bastards blew up my house,” Brown told a nurse at Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

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