Denver cop named in 3 different excessive force lawsuits
DENVER (KDVR) — A Denver police officer is facing two lawsuits for his alleged use of force during a 2020 George Floyd protest, and problem-solvers have learned it’s not the first time that he was charged in such a case.
Officer Greg Dulayev was investigated by Problem Solvers in mid-March after FOX31 learned he was accused of ramming his baton into a man’s anus.
“A baton is all of a sudden rammed extremely hard into my anus. I mean I’m on the ground, I’m helpless,” Boulder resident Michael Jacobs said in a March 16 interview with FOX31. .
Since this story aired, the Problem Solvers have learned of two more lawsuits against Dulayev.
“Now that I see it’s the same officer, I feel like we have a stronger legal case,” Rebecca Clark said.
Clark is suing Dulayev for his alleged use of force during the same July 29 protest in which Jacobs was injured. She told FOX31 she was pulled from her car while trying to deliver medical supplies and pick people up. In her lawsuit, Clark claims body camera footage shows Dulayev hit her in the neck with his baton.
“They can’t just pull people out of the car and make up probable cause for the arrest,” Clark said.
Dulayev is also named in an earlier lawsuit brought by a homeless man named Gregory Heard who said he was given a taser in 2016 while unarmed and trying to comply with the officer’s orders. Earlier this week, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Dulayev had qualified immunity in the Heard lawsuit, but said the case against the city of Denver could go forward.
In Clark’s case, Dulayev’s defense team filed a motion to dismiss the case saying it is impossible to prove he was the officer who may have abused his baton against her.
“I’m very confident we have the right officer,” Clark’s attorney Sean Simeson said.
Simeson said that the Problem Solvers body camera of other officers shows where Dulayev was standing when Clark was hit and that Dulayev’s own body camera is the only one that shows an officer using his baton.
“Officer Dulayev’s body camera shows that he has his baton out. He drags Rebecca out of his vehicle and kind of pushes her, pushes her, hits her with his baton,” Simeson said.
According to Simeson, the Jacobs case helps prove a pattern of misconduct on Dulayev’s part that he believes will help Clark’s case.
“Where there is smoke, there is fire,” he said.
Both Rebecca Clark and Michael Jacobs were charged with attempting to disarm a police officer on the night of July 29, 2020, but both cases were later dismissed by the Denver District Attorney.
Denver Public Safety Internal Affairs investigations cleared Dulayev of excessive force in the 2016 Taser case against Gregory Heard. The Internal Affairs investigation into Jacobs’ case is not yet complete and none have been opened in Clark’s case.
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