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Sep 7, 2011 8:09 PM by Gene Cotton

Denver to appeal reinstatement of 2 fired officers

DENVER (AP) - Denver's city attorney says a decision to reinstate two police officers fired after an aggressive videotaped arrest will be appealed.

Doug Friednash told The Denver Post Wednesday that the city "feels strongly" that it was appropriate to fire Officer Devin Sparks and Cpl. Randy Murr. Friednash. He says the city will ask the Denver Civil Service Commission to stay the officers' reinstatement pending an appeal.

The March firings followed the release of a video showing the officers throwing Michael DeHerrera to the ground outside a downtown nightclub in April 2009. The officers were fired for lying during an investigation into the arrest.

The commission says the officers were reinstated because a former city manager did not have power to reopen an investigation after suspending the officers for three days for an inaccurate arrest report.

 

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