A Colorado police officer is fired after body cam video reveals him brutally assaulting a handcuffed man as he is being brought into the station for processing.
Officer Mark Magness was fired from the Federal Heights police department in suburban Denver after the December incident involving an unidentified victim arrested for an unknown crime. KMGH-TV obtained a nearly 10-minute long video showing officer Magness ripping the handcuffed man from the patrol car and then slamming him into a wall. As the officers secured the man into a cell, the now uncuffed suspect takes a swing at the officer, who then begins to beat on the man again.
The video also shows the man being strapped into a char being held down by officer Magness pressing aginst the man’s temple and eyes and accuses him of resisting. Even when another officer warns Magness the incident is being recorded, Magness does not relent.
Magness was charged with attempted assault and pleaded guilty in June. Police chief Karl Wilmes said that video of the assault and the reported excessive use of force were reported to prosecutors immediately after the incident. Magness was then quickly terminated from the 24-person police department.
The violent altercation is not the first time Magness has been arrested or accused of excessive force. According to reports, In 2009, just one year into his stint with the department, Magness approached Dennis Discua unprovoked and threw him to the ground, breaking his arm, before Magness left the scene. Magness never reported the incident, but returned to the scene after Discua and a witness called 911. Magness eventually pleaded guilty to a reckless endangerment charge and paid a $517 fine but was not fired because it was a misdemeanor.