DENVER — A lawsuit filed Friday morning in federal court accuses several Denver police officers of violating Levi Frasier’s First and Fourth Amendment rights.
The case stems from an incident one year ago Friday when Frasier stopped to record an arrest in progress near West Fifth Avenue and Federal Boulevard.
Frasier witnessed and recorded Denver police officer Charles Jones pull David Flores from his car and punch him several times in the head. Police said they were trying to recover drugs from Flores’ mouth.
Frasier’s camera was also rolling when Flores’ visibly pregnant girlfriend tried to help and officers tripped her and she fell to the ground. After the arrest, officers turned their attention to Frasier and the tablet he used to record the arrest.
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Police surrounded Frasier and demanded the video while threatening him with arrest. Officers, according to the lawsuit, illegally seized and searched the device looking for the video.
In November, Frasier turned to Fox31 Problem Solvers with the video.
“Instead of thanking Mr. Frasier for coming forward to share information about the misconduct of its officers, the Denver Police Department released a statement defending the officers’ behavior and unfairly attacking Mr. Frasier’s character,” the lawsuit reads.
Oo officers involved in the arrest have been disciplined. Jones has since been promoted to sergeant.