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Darrell Havens: Paralyzed inmate denied clemency, surgery

7 years ago by Alan Prendergast
His doctors have told Darrell Havens that surgery could help relieve his deteriorating condition, but the wheelchair-bound inmate's keepers in the Colorado Department of Corrections aren't exactly eager to okay the operation -- or to release him to seek care on his own. Havens, who was left a quadriplegic by...
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The Strange Death of Darrell Havens, Prisoner Who Battled the System

2 years ago by Alan Prendergast
Paralyzed in a police shooting, Darrell Havens fought the system tenaciously — until he passed away, at age 29, in a Colorado Springs hospital.
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Darrell Havens: New report blasts "reckless" police shooting that paralyzed teen

6 years ago by Alan Prendergast
A former police chief's analysis of a 2007 police shooting during an auto-theft sting -- one that left an unarmed nineteen-year-old suspect paralyzed for life -- contends that Arvada police detective Bill Johnson's use of deadly force in the incident was "unwarranted, unnecessary and extreme." The report, prepared in support...
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Prisoner Darrell Havens, Paralyzed in a Police Shooting, Granted Medical Parole

4 years ago by Alan Prendergast
A state inmate who was left a quadraplegic by police bullets during a bungled car-theft sting operation — and who subsequently filed a lawsuit against the officer who shot him — was quietly released from prison earlier this month on a special medical parole, after serving roughly one third of...
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Darrell Havens: Hear Audio of Police Shooting That Left Man Paralyzed

4 years ago by Alan Prendergast
An audio recording of a 2007 police shooting that turned a nineteen-year-old car thief suspect into a quadriplegic — and set up a long-running battle over his care in the state prison system — appears to contradict official accounts of how the shooting went down. And Darrell Havens says the...
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Darrell Havens: State yanks parole for paralyzed thief after cops complain

9 years ago by Alan Prendergast
A 22-year-old convicted car thief, left a quadraplegic by police gunfire and now costing the state prison system $200,000 a year for his care, was recently granted an unusual "special medical needs" parole -- only to see it revoked after law enforcement officials learned of the arrangement and complained that...
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Darrell Havens: Lawsuit reinstated in police shooting that left him paralyzed

8 years ago by Alan Prendergast
A federal judge has ruled that Darrell Havens can proceed with his lawsuit against the Arvada police officer who shot him during a car-theft sting operation in 2007, leaving him a quadriplegic. The decision has Havens' attorneys poised to conduct a fresh investigation of the controversial case, in which they...
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Darrell Havens: Expert challenges police version of shooting that left 19-year-old paralyzed

8 years ago by Alan Prendergast
In an affidavit filed in federal court, a veteran cop turned high-profile private investigator claims that an Arvada police officer who fired on an unarmed suspect during a car-theft sting operation in 2007, leaving the man a quadriplegic, was not justified in the use of deadly force -- and that...
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Darrell Havens: Car thief paralyzed by Arvada police shooting in standoff over parole deal

9 years ago by Alan Prendergast
In June, I wrote about Darrell Havens, the paralyzed car thief whose medical parole was canceled after Arvada police chief Don Wick complained. A month later, the situation appears no closer to a resolution...
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Paralyzed in a police shooting, Darrell Havens is paying a terrible price for his crimes. So are taxpayers.

9 years ago by Alan Prendergast
It was a simple plan. Get the kid to bring a stolen car to an isolated parking lot, then tase his ass and take him down. No chase. No shooting. No fuss. Arvada detective Bill Johnson, the lead investigator on the case, went over the plan in a room crowded...

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