Vietnam Veteran Wins $760,000 in Excessive Force Case Against Kremmling Police

Robert Mark Smith, center, and his legal team step out of the Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, after winning nearly $800,000 in damages.

Denver – A disabled Vietnam veteran has won a $760,000 jury award after Kremmling police brutalized him during an unjustified raid on his mobile home in 2013.

Robert Mark Smith was repeatedly harassed and victimized by the police, who were punishing him for his protests against their prior wrongdoings, according to a news release by the Denver law firm Killmer, Lane & Newman.

The jury made its decision Wednesday in Denver U.S. District Court.

Smith, a Marine, was permanently disabled in 1969 by shrapnel from a minefield explosion in Vietnam. He is a “heroically decorated Vietnam veteran,” the news release says.

“Mr. Smith became known in the Kremmling law enforcement community as a ‘dissenter’ by around the year 2000 because of his frequent, vociferous opposition to the selective enforcement of laws applicable to mobile home parks, and his opposition to the trumped-up accusations lodged against him and his business by law enforcement and certain
community members,” the complaint said.

On March 5, 2013, Kremmling police retaliated against Smith for his prior exercises of protected speech, unconstitutionally raided his home at night without a warrant, and brutally beat him, his 2015 complaint said.

Police Tased Smith and when he fell onto his stomach, they kicked, stomped and punched his ribs, head, and back, the lawsuit says.

Federal Judge Richard Matsch could also order the city to pay attorney’s costs of about $500,000, the news release says.

Source: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/11/vietnam-veteran-wins-760000-in-excessive-force-case-against-kremmling-police/

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  • jbass5

    he needs to leave the State otherwise they will frame him for something..this is true for anybody going through this…