Report: Sheriff didn't investigate abuse claims

By Sadie Gurman, The Denver Post Published: December 3, 2013

DENVER — The Denver Sheriff's Department failed to investigate dozens of serious allegations of deputy misconduct over the past two years, including inmate claims that deputies choked them, sexually harassed them and used racial slurs, an independent monitor said.

The Denver Office of the Independent Monitor said the Sheriff's Department investigated only nine of 54 serious grievances filed between January 2011 and June 30, 2013, The Denver Post reported Tuesday.

Inmates filed a total of 861 complaints in that period.

The monitor's report did not say whether any of the allegations were true, only that some were serious enough to warrant an internal affairs investigation.

The Sheriff's Department has about 730 deputies who primarily oversee jails and transport inmates in the city and county of Denver.

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