Manager of safety to rescind 2nd police beating decision

12:40 PM, Aug 23, 2010   |    comments
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Sources tell 9Wants to Know that Manager of Safety Ron Perea is in the process of rescinding his decision that suspended Officer Eric Sellers for 45 days without pay for "inappropriate force" and "commission of a deceptive act."

Perea decided to suspend Sellers instead of fire him because the internal investigation of the officer's case took more than two years, according to sources close to the investigation. Perea blamed the long investigation on the former manager of safety, Al Lacabe, according to sources.

However, on Friday, the Citizen Oversight Board criticized Perea's decision about Sellers case, finding that the officer lied about the use or excessive force.

On Nov. 23, 2008, volunteer firefighter Jared Lunn claims Sellers beat him up, handcuffed him, swore at him, then let him go, according to sources. Lunn was never charged.

Sellers maintains it was another officer, not him, who did that to Lunn.

This is the second time in less than a week that Perea has rescinded his decision. On Friday, the mayor's office says Perea officially rescinded his decision for Officers Devin Sparks and Randy Murr after the police department reopened the case.

In that case, video shows the officers grabbing Michael DeHerrera while he was on his cell phone and hitting him. Perea gave the officers three days suspension, but that decision was lifted on Friday when Perea officially rescinded his order.

The Denver Police Protective Association is holding a press conference at 3 p.m. to talk about the manager's decisions. 9NEWS will be there to cover the news conference.

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