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Judge allows abuse suit against Denver police

7:56 PM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - A federal judge has given the go-ahead for a lawsuit filed by four women against the city of Denver alleging a culture of abuse and cover-ups in the police department.

The lawsuit stems from a 2009 scuffle involving two officers. Surveillance video showed one officer shoving women to the ground while another sprayed mace in a woman's face and into a crowd.

The Denver Post reported Thursday the judge ruled the suit could proceed because there was sufficient evidence that Denver police aren't adequately trained in use of force, that allegations of excessive force aren't investigated and that police tolerate a code of silence surrounding abuse.

The judge's order wasn't a finding of guilt against the city. That issue will be determined in a trial.

City officials declined comment.

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