Community leaders demand changes in use of force policy at Denver Jail
DENVER — Even though she knows her son’s history, Evette Washington says she found her son, Desmond Jones, at the hospital last year badly beaten.
“It was very heartbreaking as a mom. I’m like why wasn’t I told? He could have died,” said Washington.
She blames the Denver Jail for the swollen eyes and the broken face bones which she says happened while her son was incarcerated.
“It’s hard to get justice and you don’t know which way to go,” she said.
Jones has an extensive criminal history including charges during his time in the jail after he allegedly assaulted deputies and even a nurse.
The sheriff can’t comment since Evette Washington has filed a complaint alleging excessive force.
That complaint joins another recent high profile case after a judge turned Deputy Brady Lovingier in to his superiors after he slammed inmate Anthony Waller’s head into a wall.
This after the 2010 in-custody death of Marvin Booker who died after deputies used a “Taser” on him.
Tuesday after a meeting with the mayor and sheriff, Evette Washington and concerned pastors stood at the jail’s doorsteps demanding changes to its punishment guidelines which they say don’t protect minorities.
They argue no criminal accountability for the 2010 Marvin Booker death and only 30 days suspension for Deputy Lovingier sends the wrong message.
“We’re going to use everything in our power, because this mother can’t wait until laws and policies get changed,” said one pastor.