In a surprising and rather refreshing twist to a police brutality story, Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson stood up for the public and approached the district attorney to initiate a criminal investigation against an active deputy, John Ford, for brutality-related charges.
The incident that generated the request was recorded on audio-less video. Deputy Ford is positioned at the right side of the video at a copy machine. Ford’s alleged victim is seated calmly on the picture’s left side.
At one point, the prisoner says something to which Ford took exception. The law enforcement officer stalked across the room, stopped in front of the speaker and instructed him to stand. The prisoner did so without complaint or any type of aggressive action.
Ford felled him with one hit, knocking him unconscious.
This isn’t the first time Deputy Ford has been involved with situations of brutality in that jail. The prior instance had records sealed, so the information wasn’t readily available. The history was revealed in response to a lawsuit that was filed.
In the previous incident, recorded and reported as having occurred on Sept. 12, 2012, Deputy Ford was the officer accused of hitting a victim after he filed complaints claiming the other prisoners had scalded his genitals. Ford avoided joining in those waterworks and just hit the man.
Joining Ford in this latest version of the Police’s Knock-Out Game is Officer William Lewis, a 12-year veteran. He sits on a hot seat for supposedly misreporting the incident.
Sheriff Wilson is well aware of the public’s concern on this matter and joins the ranks. Officially, he has already started about four task forces to review the entire Denver Sheriff’s Department. The public report reflecting the results of these reviews is due at the end of summer.
Deputy Ford has been suspended from duty pending resolution of this situation and complaint. Unfortunately, he’s being paid for the forced vacation from duty.