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Police brutality: Denver department tolerates "cowboy sub-culture," documents claim

The long-running lawsuits over an alleged police brutality incident at the Denver Diner in 2009 has entered a new and potentially game-changing phase. Attorneys for four women who say they were roughed up by police have named the City and County of Denver in the case, for allegedly tolerating excessive force at a systemic level -- and in an attempt to prove this claim, they've collected affidavits from dozens of alleged victims plus depositions by former Denver officials. See many of them below.
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