In April 2009, Michael DeHerrera was talking on a cell phone when Officer Devin Sparks began wailing on him, apparently without provocation -- an incident captured in a video on view below. Since release of the footage, observers concerned with excessive-force complaints have called for Sparks's firing -- and now, Police Chief Gerald Whitman has reportedly come to the same conclusion. But is the timing suspect?
Nick Rogers, president of the Police Protective Association, certainly thinks so. Rogers, who shared Whitman's decision with the Denver Post, which broke the story, believes the chief "appears to be bowing to pressure to resolve the case from the media, the public or the Office of Independent Monitor, who monitors internal affairs investigations," according to the article linked above.
Is Whitman also afraid the bad PR associated with the DeHerrera attack will doom him once
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