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Mar 25, 2011 6:52 PM by Greg Boyce

Two Denver police officers fired over beating of Pueblo man

DENVER (AP) - City officials have fired two Denver police officers whose aggressive arrest of a suspect caught on video prompted investigations and the resignation of the city's safety manager.

The new safety manager announced Friday that officers Devin Sparks and Randy Murr have been fired for their actions in the arrest of Michael DeHerrrera in 2009 outside a downtown nightclub.  The release last year of a video showing an officer throwing DeHerrera to the ground and an officer repeatedly striking
something led to calls for the firing of the officers and former safety manager Ron Perea.

Denver's independent police monitor said the two should have been fired rather than just suspended. Late last year, city officials began reviewing the incident.

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