Walker disciplined, but still has a job

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Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey has announced that Officer Tyler Walker has been disciplined for his takedown of an 18-year-old woman in Memorial Hospital's emergency room while the woman was handcuffed. However, a statement issued by Carey failed to say how and went on to say the officer is still employed at the CSPD.

Moreover, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office said today that no criminal charges will be filed against Walker for the incident, which left the woman with a broken tooth and head trauma.

Walker's takedown of Acker.
  • Walker's takedown of Acker.
Walker slammed Alexis Acker to the floor on Nov. 21, 2013, but the CSPD didn't open an internal affairs investigation until July 2014 — three months after her attorney told the city a lawsuit was in the offing.

The Walker incident was among those reported by the Independent in its cover story, "Full Force," on July 15, 2015. Acker's lawsuit was filed in late July.

Here's the CSPD's release:
The following statement is being released at the request of Chief Carey.

The internal investigation regarding Officer Tyler Walker has been completed. The allegation of Treatment of Offenders-Force 1650.56 has been sustained and discipline was imposed. Due to pending civil litigation Colorado Springs Police Department is unable to provide further comment or details.

Officer Walker is still employed by the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Yesterday, a CSPD spokesperson said no information on the internal affairs investigation would be released due to the pending civil lawsuit.

Lee Richards, spokesperson for the DA's Office, via email tells the Indy, "CSPD conducted an internal investigation, which was sustained. After careful review of the entire incident, no further action will be taken by this office." 
 
Carey's announcement comes two days after the Independent published a report about Mayor John Suthers' desire to review disciplinary actions resulting from excessive force.



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