Police body-cam video shows paralyzing injury to MMA fighter

From The Pueblo Chieftain:  Earlier this week, a complaint was filed in U.S. District Court by the McDivitt Law Firm on behalf of Donovan Duran, an MMA fighter who contends that excessive force on the part of a La Junta Police Department officer left him partially paralyzed.

Now, officer body camera footage of the December 2015 arrest incident is public, following a Colorado Open Records Act request filed with the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office by The Denver Post.

In April, an Otero County grand jury declined to indict Sgt. Vincent Fraker — named in the civil suit along with the city of La Junta — and another officer for their actions.

From the grand jury’s findings: “The grand jury has determined that the serious bodily injury sustained by Donovan Duran as he was taken to the ground by Sgt. Vincent Fraker, while tragic, cannot be the basis of any criminal charges . . .”

The officer body camera footage, which is graphic in nature, begins with a rear-handcuffed Duran being ordered out of a police SUV by officers in front of the Arkansas Valley Medical Center.

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