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Denver Blocking Award to Homeless Man Beaten by Deputy -- and Winter is Coming

Last year, we told you about a $40,000 jury award to Robert Duran after he was beaten in jail by Deputy Stephen Koehler. Well, Duran still hasn't gotten the money, and given that he's homeless, HIV-positive and winter is coming, his attorney, David Lane, is calling for expedited payment. But the City of Denver is opposing his motion for complicated reasons -- including its decision not to pick up the tab for Koehler, who's been fired. And while Lane finds merit in not indemnifying officers and deputies who use excessive force, he sees Denver's approach to Duran brutal and uncaring. Details and the document below.

See also: Jail Beating: City Says Its Possible Liability Tops Out at $100K in Homeless Victim Case

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