Police Officers’ charge of excessive force unfounded

Salida Police Department

January 11, 2011

The Salida Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have concluded their investigation of two Salida officers concerning allegations of using excessive force and failure to report.  The original report date was December 2, 2010.  CBI conducted the investigation and forwarded its findings to the 11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Salida.

On January 5, 2011, our department was notified by representatives of the District Attorney’s Office that based on the CBI investigation criminal charges would not be filed.  “After reviewing the case the DA’s office has determined that criminal charges will not be filed at this time” said Thom LeDoux from the District Attorneys office here in Salida.

After the CBI investigation and the District Attorney’s office review, the Salida Police Department conducted an Internal Investigation concerning the allegations.  We concluded that the charge of excessive force was unfounded.  We did find that the two officers  violated department policies, which concern report writing guidelines and each officer has been disciplined according to department policy. Each officer will be required to complete a corrective action plan and attend additional training classes.

Chief Terry Clark