New documents released: Denver police officer has 40 complaints filed against him

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DENVER -- Dozens of complaints and more than $1 million in settlements can be traced back to one Denver police officer. The department released internal records Friday collected about Shawn Miller.

The latest complaint comes from a restaurant owner who called police when two customers began threatening him.

But when Officer Miller arrived he put the caller in handcuffs. The restaurant owner says he was told at the time his call to police was frivolous.

One criminal justice expert said on average, one officer might get five or six complaints filed over a 10-year period.

But since 2006 Miller has been the source of 40 complaints. "I think your liability as a police department increases considerably," said Regis University Professor Don Lindley. "It's hard to defend this."

Miller was disciplined four times. He received an oral reprimand twice, a written reprimand once and he was suspended once.

 

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