[WATCH] If Trainer at Denver Jail Isn’t Removed More Inmates Will Likely Die

As noted above, no deputies faced criminal charges regarding Marshall’s death, but seven were investigated for potential discipline for their actions. In the end, though, only two were designated for punishment. In April, Garegnani received a sixteen-day suspension for failing to follow use-of-force policies and procedures, and Deputy Carlos Hernandez got a ten-day suspension for the same offense.

The length of these suspensions was shorter than previous ones handed out to Denver law enforcers in cases that didn’t lead to death, including actions involving a sexually explicit text and flashing a badge to get faster restaurant service. After the discipline was announced, Killmer expressed shock in a Westword interview that it was “so light.”

Shortly thereafter, Hernandez and Garegnani appealed the suspensions, and in the subsequent report, accessible below, hearing officer Bruce Plotkin appears to have relied heavily on Deputy Yamaguchi’s view of the events when determining that Hernandez and Garegnani didn’t violate departmental rules. An excerpt reads: “Neither had any prior discipline; both attempted to talk to Marshall to persuade him to comply with lawful orders and, when discovering those efforts were unavailing, used only that force required to prevent harm to responders; when Marshall’s heart stopped, both Appellants, and Garegnani in particular, engaged in extraordinary measures to save Marshall’s life, even when told by outside medical responders to cease resuscitative measures.”

Mari Newman, Killmer’s co-counsel in the case, couldn’t disagree more with this conclusion. “The disciplinary actions were ridiculously lenient to begin with,” she maintains. “The fact that they have now been overturned is nothing short of outrageous. It is absolutely petrifying that a Denver trainer believes that this was an example of good law enforcement. This was brutal excessive force by multiple officers against a small man obviously in the throes of a mental-health crisis.”

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