Community leaders demand changes in use of force policy at Denver Jail

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DENVER -- Even though she knows her son's history, Evette Washington says she found her son, Desmond Jones, at the hospital last year badly beaten.

“It was very heartbreaking as a mom. I'm like why wasn’t I told? He could have died,” said Washington.

She blames the Denver Jail for the swollen eyes and the broken face bones which she says happened while her son was incarcerated.

“It's hard to get justice and you don't know which way to go,” she said.

Jones has an extensive criminal history including charges during his time in the jail after he allegedly assaulted deputies and even a nurse.

The sheriff can’t comment since Evette Washington has filed a complaint alleging excessive force.

That complaint joins another recent high profile case after a judge turned Deputy Brady Lovingier in to his superiors after he slammed inmate Anthony Waller’s head into a wall.

This after the 2010 in-custody death of Marvin Booker who died after deputies used a "Taser" on him.

Tuesday after a meeting with the mayor and sheriff, Evette Washington and concerned pastors stood at the jail's doorsteps demanding changes to its punishment guidelines which they say don't protect minorities.

They argue no criminal accountability for the 2010 Marvin Booker death and only 30 days suspension for Deputy Lovingier sends the wrong message.

“We're going to use everything in our power, because this mother can't wait until laws and policies get changed," said one pastor.


    • Reginald Holmes

      Your comments only show your extreme ignorance.So glad you didn’t get the job. We are quite fortunate to have you on the sidelines hurling insults. You seem so incapable of moral thought or behavior. Your comments reveal only your stunted growth and your ethtical deficiencies!l

  • dapandico

    They were all good boys, turning their life around, signing in the church choir, buying their baby mommas diapers when they needed them. Real pillows of the community.

    • Reginald Holmes

      The word is “pillars” not pillows. I bet you blame women for being raped, too. Because of their gender they deserve it! Get up to speed. Replace your hard drive, Get some viral software, but do something, Your elevator seems stucked!

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