Denver pays Colorado Independent editor Susan Greene $50,000 for cuffing her for recording police

Denverite: The Denver City Council signed a check Monday worth $50,000 that settles a dispute between the Denver Police Department and Susan Greene, the editor of the Colorado Independent.

Officers Adam Paulsen and James Brooks violated police policy when they handcuffed Greene for recording officers near Colfax Avenue and Grant Street last July, DPD said earlier this year. The journalist came across the officers, who had handcuffed a naked man. She began recording the incident with her smartphone — an act protected under the First Amendment.

The officers handcuffed Greene and put her in a squad car after she refused to stop filming. Brooks and Paulsen told Greene to “act like a lady” as they struggled to handcuff her, according to body camera footage.

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