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Denver Police Department takes a beating with excessive force reports

The Denver Police Department has made LoDo safe from the Let Out crowds, as Alan Prendergast's cover story this week details.

The big question now: Who'll keep the Let Out crowds safe from the Denver police?

The Denver Police Department has been taking a beating this week, with three recent reports of excessive use of force.

The April 2009 beating of Michael DeHerrera -- and the video that captured Denver cops in the act, before the camera shifted -- has gone national since the Office of the Independent Monitor released its report on Monday.

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Yesterday, Prendergast revealed that the same night as the DeHerrera incident, Michael Watkins was the subject of another alleged assault by a cop -- and the city quietly settled with Watkins last week.

Today, the Denver Post has a story about a third example of excessive force this past March, when Mark Ashford was allegedly manhandled by cops after he went to the aid of a driver stopped by cops.

Be careful out there.

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