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Personal Injury Firm Files CORA Complaint Against Huerfano County To Release Records Related To A Beating That Occured In Police Custody

In April of 2022, an incident occurred that resulted in a man in the custody of the Huerfano County police being transported by helicopter to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. In seeking justice for his injuries, the victim has retained the counsel of Legal Help In Colorado (LHIC). Huerfano County has refused all attempts by LHIC to investigate the circumstances that resulted in the hospitalization. The details of the assault are as follows:

  • The victim was pulled over for a traffic violation between Colorado Springs and Huerfano County.
  • He was escorted to the Huerfano County Detention Center after the stop.
  • Sometime after being taken into custody, the victim was brutally beaten.
  • Based on information and belief, the victim was assaulted by members of the Huerfano Police Department while still in custody.

The individual was beaten so badly, that after being taken by ambulance to a UC Health facility, he was life-flighted by helicopter to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs to receive more substantial treatment for the severity of the injuries sustained. The injuries included, but were not limited to:

  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Skull Fracture
  • Concussion
  • Orbital Wall Fracture

On the beating and the county’s refusal to communicate, Managing Attorney Brian Caplan said, “this was a young man, who didn’t speak English well, and he was brutally assaulted. The community must know that Huerfano County is not following the law as we do our best to seek justice.”

Legal Help in Colorado requested official communication regarding the incident from the county starting in June of 2022. After reaching out to Huerfano County and the detention facility for comment and records pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA), there has been a refusal to respond for several months. As a result, Legal Help In Colorado filed suit against the county for its violations of CORA on February 16th, 2023. 

About Legal Help In Colorado: Legal Help in Colorado is an adept personal injury firm that takes a firm stance on providing client-focused, relentless representation. Since being founded in 2019, the firm has garnered over 40 Million dollars in verdicts and settlements for its clients.

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