Plaintiffs in Marvin Booker Case Present Evidence at Denver Trial
By Kirk Mitchell | The Denver Post
Family members of Marvin Booker describe him as an earnest preacher who was following in his father's footsteps before he died in jail.
Plaintiff witnesses are to testify Tuesday in the second day of trial in the case in which Booker's family claim that five deputies who struggled to restrain Booker in July 2010 killed him by using excessive force.
But Thomas Rice, a private lawyer handling the case for Denver, said Booker had heart problems aggravated by years of crack cocaine use and died because he refused to obey and then fought with deputies.
Booker died after five deputies shocked him with a Taser, put him in a "sleeper hold" and lay on top of him in an effort to control him during booking.
The city of Denver's attorneys have stipulated that the city is liable for the actions of the five deputies. The strategy helps Denver because it could mean plaintiffs will not be allowed to present evidence at trial of numerous excessive-force complaints that have recently plagued Denver, legal experts say.
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