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Idaho Springs police officer used Taser without warning on 75-year-old: warrant – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-07-13 19:18:34 –

Colorado police officers have announced that a 75-year-old man used a taser gun less than a minute after answering the door in a “Hawaiian Sword” and placing his weapon without warning. Tuesday according to court documents.

Arrest affidavit outlining evidence Idaho Springs police officer Nicholas Hanning, who was charged with three assaults in the May 30 case, was sealed at the request of his lawyer, but Judge Cynthia Jones received a request from the lawyer. Ordered to publish. Michael Clarke is the victim. Despite the decision to prosecute Hanning, Clark’s lawyer Sarah Sielke said limited information previously published by the authorities on what had happened suggested that Clark was worthy of treatment. ..

Michael Clarke. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Schielke)

According to an affidavit containing still images of police body camera videos, a neighbor in Clark’s apartment called the police and reported that Clark had hit his roommate, a 30-year-old woman, in the face. Hanning, who was with another police officer, knocked on Clark’s door twice loudly shortly before 11 pm, but did not announce that it was police, the document said. Clark said in a later interview that he didn’t want to answer the door because he thought it was the person in the next apartment who was making noise trying to sleep.

After Clark opened the door — he shouted, “What do you want?” — And Hanning pushed him into the wall, according to the affidavit, body camera footage showed that Clark had what was described as a sword with shark teeth. Within about 10 seconds of opening the door, Clark placed the sword on the shelf unit, but refused the repeated orders of the two police officers to “get off” and “get out of here.” Clark said “no” and tried to talk about how noisy his neighbors were when Hanning deployed the taser. Clark fell to the ground and hit a chair.

Hanning told paramedics who arrived to help Clark that he kicked Clark with his knees and hit the back of his head.

According to Schielke, Clark is still in poor health after six weeks due to a series of health problems caused by the use of the Taser gun and is hospitalized for hearing loss, stroke and appendicitis.

“He’s hanging, but not outside the woods,” she said.

Cielke said Clark did not assault his neighbor and that evidence showed that there were “multiple warning signs” that would prevent police from believing in the allegations.
In a statement last week, police and prosecutors used a taser gun after Hanning and Clark, who were identified as suspects at the time, fell into a “physical quarrel” and were ordered by both police officers. Said.

Also on Tuesday, the judge ordered that the body camera footage of the case must be open to the public by July 29.

A law that came into force shortly after Governor Jared Polis signed on July 6 usually requires unedited body camera footage to be published within 21 days of request. However, the first request for the video was made by Clark’s daughter on May 31st, so before the law came into force on July 6th, the timeline requesting the release of the video was on July 8th by Hanning. It didn’t start until I was prosecuted in another part. The law, Jones said.

Hanning’s lawyer, Lara Jimenez, had previously opposed the release of the footage, but after Cielke’s public comment asking for the release, she said that some of Cielke’s remarks were shown to be inaccurate. He said he was thinking and would not fight disclosure. Hanning has not yet been asked to enter the plea of ​​the indictment.

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