Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Lawsuit filed against Glendale officers who shot and killed man in pickup

A lawsuit was filed Friday in Denver District Court against two Glendale police officers who shot and killed a man in traffic on Colorado Boulevard.

The 23-page complaint and jury, filed on behalf of John Pacheco Jr.’s mother and estate, named officers Neil McCormick and Chandler Phillips, claiming that McCormick lied when he said Pacheco’s truck hit him on October 31. was killed in 2020. Shooting night.

“Phillips also falsely claimed that he saw Dodge Strike Officer McCormick,” the lawsuit alleges. “The officers were dishonest in their statements to investigators regarding the shooting.”

Pacheco was asleep because the truck was still moving as there was traffic moving around him. McCormick and Phillips responded to the scene. When Pacheco awoke, he proceeded to hit a parked patrol car. As soon as the bullet was fired, the truck overturned.

A video clip taken by a witness and posted to Twitter was viewed by investigators with the Denver and Aurora Police Departments and the Denver District Attorney’s Office. According to the police shooting judgment letter on the incident, the video “shows multiple shots at the truck overturning at an estimated time,” which cleared officers of criminal charges in May.

The decision letter said an expert consulting the DA’s office said “the use of force was appropriate and necessary” based on the assumption that McCormick was at risk of being hit by a truck that was reported to have been stolen. , stated in the decision letter. Another expert said that Pacheco was “a potential threat to others that[they]should be allowed to escape the control of the authorities.”

The lawsuit, filed Friday, regarding measures to enhance law enforcement integrity, is based on Senate Bill 20-217, said Matthew Hultzman, an attorney representing Jamie Fowler, Pacheco’s mother, and the estate of the deceased.

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Lawsuit filed against Glendale officers who shot and killed man in pickup
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