Denver Police Officer Fired For Using Excessive Force Against Jailed Woman

BY Nicole Hensley
NY Daily News
Mar. 18, 2015

Denver police have fired one of its own for excessive force after the officer violently stripped a detained woman of her belt and shoes.

The startling jail footage of Officer James Medina holding down a combative and screaming woman, who refused to remove her belt and shoes, resulted in his termination last week.

He should have asked a female cop to help him instead of wrestling her on the holding cell bench while repeatedly ordering the victim to “not bite” him, according to disclipinary records obtained by the Denver Post.

The struggle left both Medina, a 15-year veteran of the department, and Seryina Trujillo breathless as he removed articles of clothing that can be used to attempt suicide while in custody.

Trujillo appears to go unconscious, falling limp to the cell floor before stirring several seconds later, video shows.

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