Three deputies will serve 10-day suspensions next month for mistreating inmates in and around the Denver County Jail. Deputy David Steckman used pepper spray on an inmate in May of 2014 during a confrontation inside the Downtown Detention Center. The pepper spray hit a fellow deputy according to his disciplinary letter. Deputy Sonya Leyba was on her phone and chatting with visitors when she forgot about an inmate in a secure elevator. The inmate waited alone for 39 minutes before anyone remember where he was. Deputy Anna Romero pulled a female inmate’s hair during a scuffle inside a medical unit where she was on suicide watch. The inmate was drunk, in distress and naked. Everyone makes mistakes at work, but it is the nature of these deputies work that make their actions unacceptable. Their word is held to a hirer standard in a Court of law. In many occasions an inmate’s future is in their hands. It is imperative that deputies hold themselves to a hirer standard. In these three cases, these deputies failed in the line of duty. Is a 10-day suspension really a deterrent for misconduct? If the roles were switched, and an inmate had pulled an officers hair, they would be looking at jail time. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense. We off Flat Rate Retainer fees and a Free Consultation. If you have been charged with a crime, don’t hesitate to contact our office.
Cite: Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, 5/20/2016