Lawsuit: Denver police took tablet from man who recorded excessive-force incident

From The Denver Post:  A man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that four Denver police officers took his computer tablet after he videotaped an excessive-force incident.

Levi Frasier’s suit, filed Friday, names Officers Christopher Evans, Charles Jones and John Bauer and Sgt. Russell Bothwell as defendants.

The suit, filed on Frasier’s behalf by Elizabeth Wang and Daniel Tweeten of the Boulder law firm of Loevy & Loevy, seeks compensatory and punitive damages and attorney’s fees and costs.

Frasier claims that on Aug. 14, 2014, he was near West Fifth Avenue and Federal Boulevard when he saw Jones punch David Flores — who was unarmed — in the head several times and saw Jones trip to the ground Mayra Lazos-Guerrero, who was visibly pregnant.

At the time that Jones was punching Flores, Flores was already on the ground under restraint by Evans, Bauer and Bothwell, the lawsuit says. The officers were allegedly attempting to get a sock filled with narcotics out of Flores’ mouth, the lawsuit says.

Flores’ head struck the pavement several times, and he was later taken away in an ambulance, the suit says.

Frasier had parked his truck, got out and videotaped the alleged assaults with his Samsung tablet.

Evans yelled, “Camera,” while Jones was still punching Flores, the lawsuit says. Frasier then put his tablet in his truck.

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