Woman sues Denver police for excessive force claim linked to cop firing

Posted at 1:35 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 15:35:44-04

A woman whose assault by a police officer in a Denver city jail was captured on camera has sued the former police officer and the city of Denver.

Attorneys David Lane and Eudoxie Dickey filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of Seryina Trujillo against former Denver police officer James Medina, police officer Cheryl Smith and Denver police Chief Robert White. Trujillo seeks compensatory and punitive damages and attorney’s fees. The lawsuit also seeks court-ordered training changes for Denver police officers.

In March, the Civil Service Commission fired Medina for a second time for using excessive force against Trujillo. The action was taken after a hearing officer reinstated Medina to the force.

Trujillo was accused of interfering with officers and firefighters as they attempted to take two men to the Denver Cares detox unit on July 10, 2014. She spit on Medina as she was being escorted to a police car and kicked him in the face. Medina and Smith arrested Trujillo, then 23.

Smith was accused of calling Trujillo names and using excessive force. Smith pushed her face down on the ground and dragged the handcuffed woman from behind by her arms, inflicting injuries and severe pain, the lawsuit says.

Read more about the incident and the lawsuit from our partners at The Denver Post.