Colorado Rights Blog

John Krieger By: John Krieger 2.21.2013

FBI and Dept of Justice investigating 2010 death of Marvin Booker

February 21, 2013

On July 9, 2010 homeless preacher Marvin Booker died at the hands of 5 Denver Sheriff deputies in the holding room of the Denver Jail. Despite the efforts of the ACLU of Colorado and others, no charges were filed against the deputies and it appeared as though Denver PD would be able to continue using excessive force with impunity. However, today we have learned there is still hope that there will be justicefor Mr. Booker. The FBI and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice are investigating the incident and have requested documents related to the case from Denver. For the complete story, see today's Denver Post article.

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