Martinez family lawsuit: Members of Mexican band say Denver cops mistakenly beat them

Attorney David Lane says he's got about a half-dozen active lawsuits against the Denver Police Department, including an excessive-force complaint against DPD officer and ex-American Gladiator contestant Vicki Fernandez that's scheduled for trial beginning today. His latest? A suit on behalf of the Martinez family, whose members are part of a Mexican band. They claim Denver cops mistakenly beat them, then accused the family of assault -- charges that were later dismissed.
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