Body Cams Turned Off, Knees On the Throat In Colorado…Again

Another case of an officer in the Denver area using excessive force is now coming to light. This is also yet another case of an “Independent Monitor” being disregarded and bodycams being shutoff by cops. Officer Chad Sinnema is shown in the video below restraining a man with a potentially lethal knee to the neck.

You want to put your foot back on my neck. I’m trying to breathe,” the restrained man said.

To which Sinnema replies, “Start acting like a man!”

Claiming the man tried to kick him, the officer held him to the ground for two and a half minutes, cutting off the victim’s air.

Inappropriate force typically merits punishment ranging from a 10-day suspension to termination. However, the Department of Safety decided the punishment should be reduced because the suspect, who was the aggressor, was able to breathe, spoke throughout the incident and was not injured. The letter also noted that Sinnema did not have a significant disciplinary record and acknowledged that his actions had been inappropriate…

However, Independent Monitor Nick Mitchell disagreed with the decision to lower Sinnema’s penalty. Restraining a suspect by putting pressure on the neck carries a risk of injury or death, and it is against the department’s policy.

POLICE BRUTALITY - Scumbag Cop Places Knee On Man’s Neck & Prevents Him From BreathingThis is the second time in recent months that a Denver officer has been called into question for using this unordained measure of force. The incident was caught on one officers body camera. Only three of the seven officers present had their cameras operational during the event. This problem has also plagued Denver in recent months, as police have begun disregarding measures placed last year to bolster accountability. According to the Independent Monitor’s report, only 1 in 4 use of force incidents have been caught on bodycam footage, many times because officers simply hadn’t turned them on.

Sinnema recently served a suspension for his blatant abuse and is now happy to be back breathing the Rocky Mountain air and bullying the streets of the Mile High City.
Read the original story on the Denver Post…

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  • Informed

    gee I wonder why anyone would want to ambush and kill cops???

  • ymygody

    hopefully soon someone will start going around Colorado and do what they did in Ferguson.

  • Shawn

    This is why simply having cameras isn’t enough. It is worthless if
    1. The cop controls when it is on.
    2. The cop can make any ‘unfortunate and mistaken’ video go away.
    3. There is no punishments for refusing to use the technology as directed. Remember that in CA, LA I think it was, they sabotaged their audio pickups. How may officers were even punished for it? What kind of message does it send if they aren’t meaningfully punished for deliberate sabotage?

    “Inappropriate force
    typically merits punishment ranging from a 10-day suspension to
    termination. However, the Department of Safety decided the punishment
    should be reduced because the suspect, who was the aggressor, was able
    to breathe, spoke throughout the incident and was not injured. The
    letter also noted that Sinnema did not have a significant disciplinary
    record and acknowledged that his actions had been inappropriate…”

    They want to complain about people having a bad attitude about cops, yet their own attitudes are far worse. Those of us critical of cops at least expect a professional level of accountability. In their minds, that is too much to expect. The average burger flipper has a higher degree of accountability for his mistakes.

    Why in the world would I respect LE, if THEY don’t respect the position themselves?

  • t

    Wow.
    I was thinking good job.

  • Shawn

    In what way? Not having his camera running? In using excessive force, as even his own bosses seem to agree?

    Your idea of a good job must translate to train wreck. Then again, you thought Harless was okay.

  • Lizard

    And they wonder why people are fighting back and shooting at them?

  • He’d have gotten another day off if he’d have created a corpse?
    Which “Department of Safety” was this?

  • Perhaps they should consider themselves lucky that their victims aren’t any better shots than they are.

  • Denver cops have been doing things like Ferguson cops for longer than there’s been an Internet.

  • Sikko

    Got to love the flat out lie of the title of this article. That officer’s knee wasn’t anywhere near being “on the throat.” Why does CopBlock need to resort to such blatant sensationalist lies if they are so righteous in their cause?

  • Jerad Fuckin Dorner

    I DON’T THINK THEY’RE GETTING THE MESSAGE YET

  • Jerad Dorner

    I wonder why anyone wouldn’t

  • Jerad Dorner

    Fuck off Pig. You had your chance.

  • Herbie Versmells

    Yea really sounded like his air was cut off. He was talking the entire time.

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  • benny

    HATE the DENVER PIGS! Oh, poor little piggy. Nobody likes us because we are violent and kill innocent people. You are the kind of people that you are supposed to be protecting society from. Now this new case with pig fucker Choice Johnson…….send his ass to jail. Any other person who repeatedly acts the way he does would be in jail. ACCOUNTABILITY!!!!!!!!!!!! HATE HATE HATE HATE the fucking pigs!