Panel orders 2 Denver officers reinstated

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- An independent panel has ordered two Denver police officers reinstated after they were fired more than three years ago for failing to report a third officer accused of stomping a handcuffed 16-year-old boy lying on the ground.

The three-person panel ordered former officers Cameron Moerman and Luis Rivera get back pay dating to their June 2010 termination, minus one month's pay for an initially proposed punishment.

According to KMGH-TV, the panel ruled that the two officers had no direct involvement in the beating, but they violated department policies by failing to report details of the incident.

In 2010, the manager of safety fired officer Charles Porter accused of stomping 16-year-old Juan Vasquez after he ran from police in 2008. A jury acquitted Porter of felony assault in 2009.

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