The System Has Failed Our Family in Fruita, Colorado

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“D” states:

The police where I live have a long history of corruption against the people of this town! It is like something out of a Hollywood movie!!

The Fruita (Colorado) police were after my son for a long time, trying to catch him with drugs. But every time they stopped him they couldn’t find any, even when using drug dogs! So they were mad about it and got three drug addicts to go along with their plans. One of them, Mike, has a lot of experience in this. He had to move from California after a car bomb went off because he was exposed as an informant. He’s a liar and insane! If he cant get drugs, he threatens people by telling them that he will call the police and have them arrested. Also, he makes up phony charges and the police here go along with it.

In my son’s case, they were more than happy to help Mike. They called my son to come over to their trailer to ask him about some money they owed him. When he got there, he was at bottom of the steps talking with the people inside. Then this crazy man Mike came running out with a can of mace and sprayed my son. So my son got in his car and left. We know this because there were about ten people right across from where the so-called crime took place.

banner-submitAfter he left, Mike called the police on my son. The next thing we know Half of the Fruita Police Department are here taking him into custody on the charges that he burglarized them. In reality, he never actually made it past the bottom steps when he was there! The next day, my son called us on the phone from jail and said, “just give them what they want.” Of course, we said we would not, but the cop that wanted my son spent the night at the station waiting for my son to make calls so he could file more charges. They came up with a bunch bribing a witness, threatening the people at Mike’s house, and several others, as well.

In the meantime, a few days went by and Mike had a bad night. He called the D.A. stating my son’s friends are harassing him. However, my son has no friends were we live. Regardless of that, the D.A. tacked on even more charges. Meanwhile, my son’s girlfriend lives few trailers down from where Mike lives. The fat lady that lives with him walked down to my where my son’s girlfriend lives and said she would like to talk with her. (We have proof that there were at least 4 to 5 people standing there when this lady walked up.)

A few days prior to this Mike was calling her wanting to meet with her, too. When she went to the trailer all three drug addicts were there. They thought she had drugs and could get more. So when she asked what really happened the day my son got arrested they couldn’t wait to start telling her. At the beginning, she is on tape stating she is recording them and they all agreed they had no problem with that. They talked about how the police had sat on their couch and were laughing about the phony charges they had filed. Also about how the police were coaching them on what to do and say.

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In spite of that, the D.A. told my son if he didn’t accept the plea that he is going to start arresting us!! I thought he just was using scare tactics and payed no more attention to it. However, it wasn’t long after that the Fruita police showed up at the house of my son’s girlfriend with phony charges that she tried to bribe the addicts. The D.A. also somehow has gotten my wife and me listed on the case against my son’s girlfriend as co-defendants.

How can this be? We had nothing to do with it. We weren’t even there. In state of Colorado there’s some dumb law that, if we’re co-defendants, we can be tried for the crime. I couldn’t believe this. The public defender did nothing to stop the D.A. at all. Plus, Mike and the other addicts are still texting people and threatening people that they will be next if they don’t do as he wants and get him drugs.

Now my wife and me are sitting day to day waiting any time for the police to show up and arrest us. I am 61 my wife is 59. How could the D.A. get so much pleasure out of putting two old people in prison for 2 to 10 years for something no-one did. We are helpless to do any thing, as we have no money for an attorney. So all the proof we have is useless! I never thought I’d see the day that the system would be used against me. And how could people entrusted to help people do to us what they’re doing?

– D

Kelly W. Patterson

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