A cop watch organization claims to have video of a Lochbuie police officer assaulting a man in handcuffs.
Leo Refuerzo, director of the National Association of Independent Copwatch, said his organization is planning to release video May 24 to local media showing the alleged incident involving officer Brock Williamson.
Refuerzo said the incident occurred in August 2011 involving a local resident named “D.J.”
Lochbuie Police Chief Tracey McCoy said the alleged incident happened before he started with the department about three months ago, but an investigation has already been completed.
“They’ve made the accusation that this is happening, but we haven’t seen a video. They haven’t provided that to us,” McCoy said. “If there is one, I’d like to see it, if that’s accurate.”
McCoy said an outside investigator has already completed an internal investigation and concluded there was no wrongdoing.
“He did a very thorough investigation and exonerated the officers on the complaints,” McCoy said. “The conclusion was that there was no misconduct by police.”
He said the police have reviewed their own video from the alleged incident, but McCoy didn’t know if that was the video being referenced by the National Association of Independent Copwatch.
“If it’s the video that we have from our own surveillance, then there really isn’t much to see on there,” McCoy said. “We asked them to provide to us what it is they’ve got, so if it’s something we’re not aware of, then we can look into it ourselves. If it’s something new or different, then we’d like to see it too. I want to – if the officers are doing something they’re not supposed to be doing, then we need to take care of that.”
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