DENVER (AP) – Two police officers in Denver were suspended without pay after town officials said they used excessive force throughout racial justice protests a year triggered by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Officers Derek Streeter and Diego Archuleta were the first in the department to become disciplined for excessive force throughout the protests, The Denver Post reported Tuesday.
Another officer has been fired in June 2020 for posting a photograph on social media throughout the protests of himself wearing riot gear captioned”Let’s start a riot.”
A Denver Department of Public Safety disciplinary order stated officer Streeter was suspended for 10 times for firing pepper chunks three times at individuals who didn’t pose a hazard, and officer Archuleta was suspended for six days for using pepper spray on a female sitting in her car.
Archuleta told researchers he immediately knew it was a mistake but didn’t believe the woman was affected because she rolled up her window and began using her phone.
The Denver Post acquired the disciplinary order via a public records request.
Denver police internal events started disciplinary cases after reviewing body camera footage.
The officers could not be located for comment. A phone call and an email to the police union was not immediately returned.
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