$100,000 settlement approved
Still no charges filed
Rogue officer wants job back
The Metropolitan Police Department’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs unanimously approved the $100,000 settlement with Mitchell Crooks to end his federal civil rights lawsuit. Crooks, who was legally filming a police arrest in his neighborhood when former officer Derick Colling demanded he stop filming and then beat and arrested hum, when he refused. Crooks camera continued to roll, capturing the entire confrontation.
The video was posted on the internet forcing Metro to launch an internal investigation which concluded that Colling, a six-year veteran, violated several unspecified department policies.
Colling was fired in December 2011, but was hired by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office in Montana as a corrections officer shortly after being terminated by the LVMPD. His recent promotion to deputy was defended by Albany County Sheriff Dave O’Malley, who admits he has made it a point not to watch the video of Colling assaulting Crooks.
- LVMPD Reaches Settlement with Mitchell Crooks (clarkcountycriminalcops.wordpress.com)
- Federal Jury Says Cops Can’t Arrest People for Recording Police Encounters (reason.com)