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Police beating? John Hickenlooper not taking position on case, but wants FBI to weigh in

Yesterday, we told you about a disagreement between the Office of the Independent Monitor's Richard Rosenthal and Manager of Safety Ron Perea over the April 2009 Denver Police beating of Michael DeHerrera. A video seems to show DeHerrera being attacked by Officer Devin Sparks while he's talking on a cell phone, but Perea determined that nothing untoward took place. Rosenthal disagrees, and now Mayor John Hickenlooper wants another agency to look into the case: the FBI.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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