- Associated Press - Thursday, April 4, 2019

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado appeals court says two officers should be reinstated 10 years after the arrest that caused them to be fired.

KUSA-TV reports the court ruled Thursday that former officers Randy Murr and Devin Sparks can return to their jobs with the Denver Police Department.

Court documents say Michael DeHerrera was injured in April 2009 when he and Shawn Johnson were arrested outside a downtown club.

Documents say surveillance video shows Sparks throwing DeHerrera onto the pavement and striking him nine to 10 times on the leg with a lead-weighted leather weapon called a SAP before he was arrested.

Records say the officers were disciplined for filing inaccurate reports and later fired after an investigation.

The ruling says a manager lacked authority to reopen the case and order new penalties.

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Information from: KUSA-TV, http://www.9news.com

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