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Ricky Nixon: Inside Alex Landau-Denver Diner cop's civil rights lawsuit against city

Shortly after the Denver City Council authorized a $360,000 settlement in an alleged 2009 police brutality incident at the Denver Diner, a judge's ruling led to the firing of officers Ricky Nixon and Kevin Devine. However, they reportedly plan to appeal the decision -- and clues to their possible arguments can be found in a lawsuit filed by Nixon, who was also accused of brutality in the 2009 beating of Alex Landau. In it, he charges Denver with violating his civil rights by bowing to political and media pressure. Photos, video, original documents and details below.
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