Court documents reveal alleged domestic violence in Berthoud police scandal


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BERTHOUD, Colo. -- A Berthoud police officer is suspended while he is under investigation after a video tape first seen on FOX31 Denver News allegedly shows him striking his child.

A woman who says the officer is her ex-boyfriend sent the video to law enforcement officials and claims they did nothing. As a result, the police chief in Berthoud is also on leave.

Court documents detail more information about the accuser and the officer who is suspended. The paperwork is about a domestic violence incident that happened in March.

People in Berthoud who defend the officer say it's that incident that led to the release of the video tape.

The court documents say Loveland police were called to the couple's home when the Berthoud officer called to complain that his now ex-girlfriend assaulted him and was upstairs threatening suicide.

One month after the woman was charged with domestic violence, she says she sent the video that allegedly shows the officer hitting and kicking his child to the Berthoud police chief. She now accuses him of a cover up.

When police arrived at the home that day in March, investigating officers noted the man had "...Dried blood and scratches on the right side of his face."

They also said the couple's child had "evidence of a yellowish mark... that could have been from an old bruise."

FOX31 Denver verified the child referred to in the court documents was not the alleged victim in the video sent to Berthoud police.

One resident we spoke to was surprised about the allegations against the officer.

Other court documents FOX31 Denver uncovered show information about an alleged fight the suspended officer had with another Berthoud officer in 2011.

The report says, "[The officer] displays threatening and violent behavior towards officers."

Once incident is described where "[the officer] came within five inches of another officer's face. His fists were clenched." The writer goes on, "In all my years in law enforcement, I have never seen this type of aggressive action from one officer to another."

The accuser in the current case faces three separate counts of domestic violence for the incident in March. They include assault and obstruction of telephone service.

She is scheduled to go on trial in December.





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