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Denver Diner case's $360K settlement exposes culture of police brutality, attorney says

Last night, the Denver City Council approved a $360,000 settlement over a 2009 incident at the Denver Diner, during which four women were billy-clubbed and maced by Officers Ricky Nixon and Kevin Devine, both of whom are still members of the department. Attorney Siddhartha Rathod, who has represented the victims throughout the case, doesn't trumpet this payment as a victory. Rather, he uses it as an opportunity to decry police brutality in the city and wonders whether anything will be done to end it once and for all.
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