City will represent Tyler Walker, Pete Carey

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Walker pins down Acker after he slammed her to the floor.
  • Walker pins down Acker after he slammed her to the floor.
City Council gave the go-ahead today for the City Attorney's Office to represent Officer Tyler Walker and Police Chief Pete Carey in a lawsuit filed by a woman thrown to the floor by Walker on Nov. 21, 2013.

Walker was disciplined in a way not disclosed to the public for the incident, which wasn't investigated until eight months later — after Alexis Acker's attorney threatened a lawsuit in May 2014.

Today, the City Attorney's Office recommended the taxpayers represent Walker and Carey, with these caveats:
The Civil Action Investigation Committee met on August 20, 2015, and has recommended representation for Officer Tyler Walker and City representation for Police Chief Peter Carey as required by the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act and the Liability of Peace Officers Act. Officer Walker was acting within the course and scope of his employment during the incident. It is recommended that the City reserve the right not to pay any judgments or settlements which arose from willful and wanton conduct, any award of punitive damages, or any judgments against Officer Walker in excess of one hundred thousand dollars as limited by the Liability of Peace Officers Act. It is also recommended that the City reserve the right not to pay for representation of Officer Walker if it is found that the alleged injuries arose from willful and wanton conduct.

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