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Video shows officer shocking handcuffed man

10:08 AM, Apr 13, 2007   |    comments
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The tape was released Thursday after an internal affairs investigation of Reserve Officer Lewis Culler finished. According to the Denver Police Monitor's report released last month, Culler falsely accused the prisoner of assault to justify another officer's use of the Taser. As a result of the investigation, Culler no longer works at the Denver Police Department, officials said.

The tape, from January 2006, shows Denver Officer Randall Krouse applying a Taser to the neck of Kenneth Rodriguez of Tucson, Arizona after making a racially charged remark.

"Understando Taser?" Krouse is heard saying to Rodriguez, who was uncooperative but not assaulting the officers in any way.

The Jan. 6, 2006, incident was detailed in an annual report from the independent police monitor, Richard Rosenthal. Click here to see a previous story on the report.

In the report, Rosenthal said he supported suspending rather than firing Krouse because the officer had an "unblemished service record."

The report also states that the Police Department allows the use of a Taser only when warding off "active aggression," and that only situations calling for deadly force justify using it on the neck. The Taser gives a 50,000-volt shock.

The situation came to light after supervisors in the District 2 police station viewed the tape and asked for an internal-affairs investigation.

Rodriguez pleaded guilty on Jan. 8, 2006, to charges that included disturbing the peace and assault after being falsely accused by Krouse and Cullar. That conviction was later set aside.

Rodriguez, a trucker, told investigators he pleaded guilty because he wanted the case to be over so he could leave Denver.

Denver Manager of Safety Al Lacabe concurred with a recommendation from Rosenthal that Krouse be suspended for 60 days.

Krouse and Cullar could not be reached for comment.

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