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Friday, March 15, 2019

Lawsuit Against Southern Ute Police Officers Fails

DENVER –  The U.S. District Court in Denver found that three Southern Ute Police Officers were not liable after the shooting of an Ignacio resident by an officer during a confrontation in December 2012, announced United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn.  In response to the Court’s opinion, U.S. Attorney Dunn said the following:

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is proud of our partnership with the Indian Tribes in southwest Colorado, as is evident in our office’s defense of Southern Ute Indian Tribe police officers.  Yesterday’s decision by Senior Judge Richard P. Matsch denied the claims of a plaintiff who incorrectly alleged that these officers acted improperly during a confrontation in 2012.  Our thanks go to our law enforcement partners that aided this effort, as well as those from our office’s Civil Division who ensured that justice prevailed.”


Click here for the Court's Opinion

Jeff Dorschner Spokesman, Public Affairs Officer 303-454-0243 direct; 303-454-0400 fax
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Case Number: 15-cv-01993
Updated March 15, 2019