Denver May Settle Lawsuit Over Police Shooting

May 22, 2012

The Denver City Council is expected to consider paying $40,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a bystander who was injured in a police shooting outside a nightclub in July 2010.

The Denver Post reported the council will meet Monday to consider settling with Diamond Demmer, whose lawsuit alleges negligence, battery, assault and other claims.

The discussion comes a few days after Denver’s Civil Service Commission upheld the firing of officer Robert Fitzgibbons, who fired the bullets that hurt Demmer. Fitzgibbons was fired last year for having unauthorized military tracer bullets in his rifle when he fired at an armed suspect.

The investigation found police were justified in their use of force, but that Fitzgibbons had used unauthorized ammo.

Bullet fragments from two of the rounds hit Demmer in the legs and torso.

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  • May 23, 2012 at 11:50 am
    Matt says:
    We are seeing the results of the federal government's effort to militarize local police departments across the country; this has been a decades-long endeavor but it went into ... read more
  • May 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm
    Jon says:
    Because that's not how subrogation works. Regardless of that, the condition of respondeat superior would apply.
  • May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    Bob says:
    Why on earth would this office think it was OK to use tracer rounds for police work? Denver should pay and then pursue subrogation against the ex employee.
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