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How police body cams help a civil rights attorney’s cases

Last December, after he’d been arrested in Federal Heights north of Denver, Kent Lasnik was getting shoved around and pushed into a cell when he cursed and threw his arm at an officer. That’s when he was punched repeatedly, pinned down, and finally, while bleeding, put in a restraining chair.”I’m sorry!” Lasnik pleaded. “I won’t do nothing else.”

Then an officer squeezed Lasnik’s temples while he was still strapped to the chair.

We know about Lasnik’s treatment because the incident was captured by police body cameras. And it led to the firing of Federal Heights police Officer Mark Magness. He’s since pleaded guilty to attempted assault on Lasnik.

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