Claims against Denver police, sheriff hit millions

DENVER - A Denver Post analysis finds that nearly $13 million of $16.7 million paid out by the city to settle legal claims over the past decade involved the police and sheriff departments.

Of that $13 million, the Post reported Sunday ( that nearly 60 percent involved excessive force or civil rights violations.

On Monday, the City Council will consider approving a $3.25 million settlement of a federal lawsuit by former jail inmate Jamal Hunter.

Hunter says that in 2011, he was tortured by other inmates in an attack encouraged by a jail deputy.

Other inmates have been lining up with complaints stemming from incidents in which deputies allegedly used improper force.

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