DENVER – The firing of a Denver police officer involved in the violent arrest of a 16-year-old has been upheld by the Civil Service Commission.
Charles Porter was dismissed in April 2011 by then-Manager of Safety Al LaCabe for his involvement in the Juan Vasquez case.
On April 18, 2008, Vasquez, 16, suffered serious internal injuries including a lacerated liver and broken ribs when he was arrested after a foot chase near 37th Avenue and Pecos Street.
Porter faced a single count of felony first degree assault and -during his trial- two of the arresting officers testified that Porter jumped up and down on the teen’s back while he was handcuffed and lying face-down on the ground.
A jury found Porter not guilty in March 2009.
The City and County of Denver, however, paid $885,000 to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of Vasquez and his family.