A former Federal Heights Police Department officer, Mark Magness, pleaded guilty to attempted assault in June after he assaulted a robbery suspect. Evidence captured while wearing a body camera shows the officer threw the suspect into a refrigerator and viciously punched him several times. The incident was reported by fellow officers, and the incident was luckily caught on tape via body camera. This was the second time this officer had been charged for using excessive force against a suspect. In 2009, he plead guilty to a reckless endangerment charge and was allowed to remain a Federal Heights police officer. Police chief Karl Wilmes was not chief in 2009 and does not know why Magness was not terminated back in 2009. Magness’ attorney said his client no longer works for law enforcement and that the firing of Magness will not be appealed. “I busted him up,” Magness said on the video. “I take full responsibility”. If you feel you are the victim of excessive force, call the Law Offices of Steven Pisani, LLC. We specialize in Criminal Defense. Call us today for a free consultation.
Cite: Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, 6/30/2015