A Denver jury on Friday awarded $1.8 million to a family after a wrongful prosecution case in which police officers executed a warrantless raid on a home previously occupied by drug dealers and prostitutes.
The lawsuit was filed in 2011 against the city and county of Denver and four police officers. Claims against the city later were dropped in a summary judgment.
A jury of 10 awarded various amounts to the four family members based on different amounts of damages attributed to the four officers. The jury awarded a total of $1.25 million of punitive damages collectively to the family.
“I was very thankful to the jury that the Constitution was upheld. Hopefully we’re turning a corner in Denver,” said Kathryn Stimson, who represented Daniel Martinez Jr. and three of his four sons along with attorney David Lane.