Panel upholds firing of Denver police officer in Vasquez case

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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.

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