Cop Watch

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Man Claims Boulder Deputies Beat Him

Malveaux Believes Treatment Was Racially Motivated

A big, brawny former football player is claiming that officers used excessive force during a traffic stop when they allegedly punched him, kicked him and shocked him with a Taser gun.

David Malveaux, 24, was one of five passengers in a car that was stopped early Saturday morning while officers were investigating a burglary case.

The driver and another passenger were arrested for investigation of burglary after stolen property was recovered from the vehicle. Malveaux was also taken into custody because he was being uncooperative, Boulder Sheriff's Lt. Phil West said.

"Mr. Malveaux did not cooperate with deputies' instructions to exit the car, was verbally abusive and physically resisted them. Deputies were forced to deploy a conductive energy device (Taser) in order to gain control of Mr. Malveaux. He was taken into custody and lodged at the Boulder County Jail on the misdemeanor obstruction charge," West said.

Malveaux, who is a 6 feet 6 inches tall, 250-pound black man, told the Daily Camera that this was "the worst I've been beaten. It seemed like something racial to me."