Police Abuse

One Denver Cop Involved in Three of Four Vehicle Shootings in Last Six Months

Officer Jeffrey DiManna is on leave again while police conduct another investigation.



In the last six months, officers with the Denver Police Department (DPD) have shot at vehicles on at least four occasions, twice last month. On January 26, police shot and killed 17-year-old Jessica Hernandez while she was allegedly driving a stolen car. Police initially claimed she had injured one of the cops who fired on her, but he may have been injured trying to get away from the car. Police aren't releasing any other information in the case while the investigation into police action continues. The Hernandez case was the only vehicle shooting in the last six months that did not involve DPD officer Jeffrey DiManna.

Earlier in January, DiManna was involved in the shooting of 19-year-old Sherrod Kindell, who says he's been pulled over by police for various trumped up reasons at least 40 times. On January 9, Kindell was driving back home after dropping something off at his brother's house when he pulled over to take a phone call from his mother. After hanging up with her he realized police had pulled up behind him. The Denver Post reports:

And now, once again, cops were approaching his vehicle. But this time, Sharod told himself, he wasn't going to get mad. He was going to stay calm, get through this and get back to his family, still at the dinner table. It had been a good day; Sharod didn't want that to change.

"What are you doing around here?" asked the cop who approached the Jeep's rolled-down window, an officer named Jeffrey DiManna.

"Heading home," said Sharod, who then asked what the problem was. DiManna didn't give him an answer, just asked to see identification. When all Sharod could provide was his Metro State ID, DiManna told him to get out of the car.

"Officer, with all due respect, I am not going to get out of this truck," Sharod remembers telling him. "I didn't do anything wrong." He'd been taking criminal-justice classes at Metro; he knew his rights. He asked if he could call his mother on his cell phone, since she always seemed to know what to do in situations like this. When DiManna refused, Sharod told him to call his sergeant: When the superior officer arrived, Sharod said, he'd get out of the car.

At that point, Sharod recalls, DiManna and the other officer, Andrew Landon, pulled their weapons (a later probable-cause warrant notes that a third officer, Jacob Robb, was also at the scene, but Sharod didn't see him). When Sharod put his hands up, DiManna reached through the driver-side window and unlocked the door, then opened it. Sharod saw Landon, meanwhile, opening the rear door right behind him. With his left hand, Sharod tried to pull the driver's door closed, but DiManna yanked it open again. Sharod looked into DiManna's eyes, looked at the handgun he was pointing at him, and suddenly knew he was going to be shot.

"Please, officer, don't shoot, don't shoot!" Sharod screamed. DiManna grabbed Sharod's left hand and began pulling him out of the car. But his car was still in reverse, Sharod says, and when his foot slipped off the brake, the Jeep began rolling down the driveway, the open doors hitting DiManna and Landon. That's when DiManna opened fire.

Kindell was taken to a hospital and later transferred to an infirmary at a local detention center—despite having an open wound he says police took him in a squad car. His mother says she finally got to see him almost two weeks after the shooting, in court. Kindell now faces charges of: possessing a gun while being a "previous offender," first and second degree assault for allegedly hitting the police officers with her car, aggravated motor-vehicle theft for driving a rental car that had allegedly not been rented out, and possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture or distribute, because cops found marijuana (legal in Colorado) in the car—Kindell says he has a medical marijuana license and was making edibles for a family member who had had surgery.

A spokesperson for the district attorney told The Denver Post none of the charges were known to police when they pulled Kindell over. He had been pulled over, she claims, because police saw him run a stop sign.

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  1. Giving people a complete immunity to the law or being held responsible for their actions means some of them are going to get out of control. Who could have seen that coming?

    And lets not forget that the same cops who believe in broken windows policing and the idea that letting anyone get away with anything will just foster and environment of criminality think holding never holding cops responsible for bad behavior could never create the same problem in police departments.

    1. When authority exceeds accountability, you have corruption.

      When accountability exceeds authority, you have scapegoats.

      1. That is a great line. I am totally stealing that.

        1. I am as well.

          1. I’m not. But it is a good line.

        2. *sniff* it’s actually two lines.

          1. You angling for Bo’s job as resident pedant ?

            1. Not enough moving of goal posts.

            2. Seeing as how I’m not anresident of Los Angeles or DC, no.

          2. It’s two sentences. Lines are subjective and are depending on the device upon which they are viewed.

            1. NOW you’re giving Bo some pressure for chief pedant.

              1. I think there is a lot of competition for that title around here.

                1. Got to disagree. When it comes to being tedious, Bo has few peers.

                  1. Tedious, sure. Pedantry is a popular pastime, though.
                    I don’t hate Bo as much as a lot seem to.

        3. I, as a libertarian, am willing to negotiate an voluntary, mutually agreed upon exchange for it.

          1. Sold! if you drop that superfluous ‘n’.

          2. What, like “I’ll create a STEVE SMITH joke for you later in exchange for use of those two great lines”?

            1. I’m open to better offers, but I must warn you, I don’t believe in intellectual property ….

      2. To be halfway serious for a moment, I think I had always known that when accountability and authority are out of whack, things go to hell in a handbasket. But it wasn’t until I actually put it in words and thought about it that I realized why I think individualism is the way to go — collectivism on any scale makes it impossible to align accountability and authority.

        Plus, individualism can simulate collectivism with contracts, but not the other way round.

        1. That’s a very good way to put it. Collectivism automatically subsumes the individual. Some people will exploit this to make themselves less accountable and more powerful, which is why they like collectivism so much: it works for them as individuals. Except it screws the rest of us.

        2. Maybe this idea that state actors get some sort of special immunity to prosecution needs to go. Yes, that means a much less efficient government, but it also means a little more fear and accountability.

          1. It’s interesting how people who believe in personal accountability suddenly lose that principle when it comes to police. When I suggest taking away immunity, I often hear that it will affect the cop’s behavior (i.e. the legendary split second decision). It’s a strange rebuttal to concede that immunity affects their judgment.

    2. Slate beclowns itself again:
      Dead children happen because you stupid libertarians love liberty more than life itself:

      1. Yeah, all those people at Disney who didn’t vaccinate their kids were libertarians.

      2. Sweet shit, I couldn’t finish that article. M.J. Stern just needs to go have himself a good cry so he can compose himself. Otherwise, he’s gonna rupture something with all that angsty pearl-clutching.

    3. I often thought the same thing, John. It’s why the cops should start giving each other traffic tickets as a start. Call it a broken windows theory of police accountablity.

  2. Now that’s what I call WINNING! Kill some proles and then go on vacation. Repeat as necessary.


    1. Don’t forget the cops get a new car.

      It’s like winning The Price Is Right every single day.

  3. Sherrod Kindell is lucky to be alive. Failure to respect authoritah is a capital offense, especially if you’re black.

    1. that’s why we don’t give cops bear mace.

  4. He hates these cans cars!

    1. He went home safe to his family those nights. That is all that matters.

    2. “He hates these cans cars!”

      The Jerk.

      1. “I know we’ve only known each other four weeks and three days, but to me it seems like nine weeks and five days. The first day seemed like a week and the second day seemed like five days. And the third day seemed like a week again and the fourth day seemed like eight days. And the fifth day you went to see your mother and that seemed just like a day, and then you came back and later on the sixth day, in the evening, when we saw each other, that started seeming like two days, so in the evening it seemed like two days spilling over into the next day and that started seeming like four days, so at the end of the sixth day on into the seventh day, it seemed like a total of five days. And the sixth day seemed like a week and a half. I have it written down, but I can show it to you tomorrow if you want to see it.”

        1. I thought of Navin’s birthday when my Lilac Vegital showed up,from Amazon yesterday.

          I wanted to run out and get a Tab and a Twinkie.

        2. Bernadette Peters should have received an Oscar for not breaking during that scene.

          1. Or when he starts talking about how the new Cup-O-Pizza guy ran the old one out of town. She had to have been on Valium or something. I would have lost it.

            1. Two scenes in that movie make me wonder if every single person on set was on Valium.
              1. When they’re in the restaurant and he asks for the waiter to take the snails back.
              2. When he says “…And when I do, I’m gonna buy you a diamond so big it’s gonna make you puke.”

              1. Also: “The new phonebook is here! The new phonebook is here!”

                1. Good Lord–I’ve heard about this–cat juggling! Stop! Stop! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! Good Father, could there be a God that would let this happen?

  5. Is it me, or is that training photo the Charlie’s Angels pose?

    1. gah – my ol’ NRA instructor hates it when shooters point the pistol into the air.

      “What you want to shoot the ceiling?”

      1. And the guy with the rifle is ready to deafen his partner.

        1. To be fair, that picture is obviously a still from this film.

    2. Plus I think one of the Angels fell off her heels.

  6. He’d been taking criminal-justice classes

    So he was a cop-in-training?

    *sympathy evaporating*

    1. Maybe he wants to be a defense attorney?

      1. Then he should take PoliSci, like any sensible pre-Law student.

  7. There is a strong correlation between the increased rate of vehicle shootings and the legalization of marijuana…

    time to make some laws, motherfuckers!

  8. Here’s how the Sharod scene is supposed to go down:

    Police: Hello sir. We noticed you pulled over here. Do you need any assistance? (see: protect and serve motto)

    Sharod: No sir, I just pulled over to use my phone.

    Police: Thanks for that. We appreciate your safety concerns.

    (Optional): Police: May we ask where you are going?

    Sharod: Just heading home.

    Police: Ok. Be safe. Have a great day.

    Sharod: You too, officers.

    Note: no guns required, and yet everyone gets home safely.

    1. Yeah, but then the cops don’t get to shoot people and cars. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what policing is all about?

      1. You would think they would prefer to shoot people not in cars. Aren’t people sitting in their living rooms or walking on the side walk easier to hit?

        1. I don’t know, cops have discovered that a moving car is even more of a “good shoot” no matter what they do than “he had something in his waistband”, so it seems they like shooting at them a lot. Because all they have to say is that the person was coming at them/trying to run them over and no one questions it.

          1. This is true, though the cop in Culpepper went to the can for murdering the Sunday school teacher. If she had been anything other than a little old lady sitting in a church parking lot, he probably would have gotten away with it.

            1. Too many witnesses for them to get him off. If you remember, they started a smear campaign all but,immediately against anybody disputing the cops story. Once the evidence became overwhelming and multiple news agencies reconstructed the case on TV, they had no choice but to cook the fucker.

              Also,don’t you remember them trying to paint her as nuts? Like, IMEEDIATELY afterward the entire PD came out in defense of the cop and started slandering her and accusing her of being in the lot illegally and that the church was afraid she had a gun and all kinds of other bullshit?

              They tried to do everything they could to paint that as a good shoot.

              1. Depressingly I do remember. The official version was out there and starting to settle in when a witness doing some painting in a nearby building came forward and contradicted the police story. Also the jeep had manual windows, so the woman rolling the window up on the cops arm was ludicrous from the start.

                Welcome back BTW

      2. Ask that of an intoxicated cop and you will get an enthusiastic affirmative. En vino veritas.

    2. I’ve never had a cop ask me where I’m going. Tons of times I’ve been asked where I’m coming from, but they never seem to care where I’m off to.

      1. I have. Lots of times. “What are you doing? Where are you going? Where are you coming from? You got any warrants? Give me your ID. Got any weapons? Turn around and spread your legs. I said spread your fucking legs! Empty your fucking pockets! Alright, you got lucky this time, punk, but I’ve got my eye on you. Now get the fuck out of here!”

        1. Obviously, based-on another thread you are a heavy drug user, and the po-po is specially trained to identify your kind…

          1. Funny. Once I cut my hair really short the constant harassment stopped. I wonder why…

            1. Do you take off your hat and say “imagine that, huh, me workin for you”?

              1. Funny. For a while I had my hair cut so that with a baseball cap on it looked short, but the rest was long. There’s a name for the cut but I don’t know off the top of my head. I went to an interview with a hat on, got the job, and showed up the next day with my ponytail hanging out. That was good for a few laughs.

                1. There’s a name for the cut but I don’t know off the top of my head.


                    1. Are you talking to Donald Trump? If so, that’s some kind of dead mammal on his head, not a fish.

                2. You don’t recall the name “off the top of your head” ?

              2. Hey ! What gives you the right ?

              3. It’s too bad the rest of the song is so against the concept of private property.

                1. Yeah, even as a mush headed teenager, I thought the guy was kind of an asshole. He stands on the fence and yells at the house. But at the end, in church, he doesn’t have a penny for the collection, and has to borrow a pen and paper to make his sign. Better get a job dude, or how will you feed yourself ?

              4. +1 sign.

            2. He said you look like a fine, upstanding young man: I think you’ll do!

      2. I have multiple times. But I’ve always attributed it to the rate of speed,which I was traveling and their desire to catch me admitting to speeding.

        I’ve gotten to the point that I now just don’t really commit,to anything that can be twisted. I,always answer “work” before 1 pm and “home” after 1.

      3. I used to walk at night a lot and occasionally talked to a cop. Usually just seeing if my car broke down or something.

        They sometimes asked where I was going. “Home” seemed to satisfy them.

        I’ve been quite lucky to have those be pretty much the most contact I’ve had with on duty police in my life.

    3. “I don’t have to tell you anything, mthrfkcer. I know my rights.”

  9. I disagree with the police in a lot of these situations, but I’m not clear why Kindell thought he was entitled to keep sitting in the car. While the initial questioning might have been unprovoked, it seems like after Kindell was unable to produce a valid driver’s license that the police would have probable cause to arrest him for driving without a license. (Obviously, you can argue about whether driving without a license should be a crime or not, but as far as I’m aware it’s presently illegal in Colorado.)

    1. it seems like after Kindell was unable to produce a valid driver’s license that the police would have probable cause to arrest him for driving without a license.

      Does he? If I remember correctly, here in NH say if you have a drivers license, but forgot your wallet at home, you have 30 days to produce it.

      1. I thought they changed that a few years ago. It definitely used to work that way.

    2. A lot of reasonable cops will allow you to give your license number and produce a hard copy at a later date if it’s been lost, stolen or if you forgot it.

    3. I was stopped about a year back at 2:00 AM with my underaged drunk brother in the car and had forgotten my license.

      I gave them my name, they ran me through a database and must have been able to find information about my license with my picture. They let me go without even bothering my obviously drunk and obviously not 21 sibling.

      Admittedly, those may just have been the coolest cops ever, but clearly they don’t need your driver’s license to figure out who you are.

      1. Nowadays, I think they can pretty much all pull up a picture of your license on their computer. It makes it kind of stupid that you have to carry the physical license at all. Maybe in some states you don’t.

      2. Man, you must really be white. I mean, like, transparent or something.

  10. He’s taking criminal justice classes, and yet was still driving around without a license in a “non” rented car and a list of other minor fuck ups like having a weapon even though you get pulled over all the time.

    Can I have a different test case?

  11. When a cop says get out of the car, get out of the fucking car. Otherwise if they can’t pull you out they’re going to cheerfully kill you. That’s just the way it is.

    1. When a cop says get out of the car, get out of the fucking car.

      Yep, the side of the road is not the place to argue your case. What it will get is you shot.

      1. Seriously,,though, where can you draw the line? When they draw down illegally on you? Or is it somewhere else on the illegal detention continuum?

        No snark. That’s a serious question.

        1. I wouldn’t draw the line. They’ve got the guns. They’ve got the power. They’ve got the system behind them. Do you really want to take even a 1% chance of becoming a martyr for freedom?

  12. “Police aren’t releasing any other information in the case while the investigation into police action continues.”

    What wasn’t said: Plus, it gives us a few days to get everybody in the same room at the same time so that we can get our stories synchronized.

    1. Police aren’t releasing any other information in the case while the investigation into police action continues.

      An NFL player gets involved in a drug bust and immediately, the pigs are able to release all the information, with much fanfare and in a way to mke the player look as bad as possible. (Never mind the fact that driving aroudn with wed and a gun shouldn’t be illegal in the first place.)

      When it’s a cop accused of wrongdoing, however, suddenly there’s no way they can release information. But there’s no double standard, oh God no.

  13. OT: Could on of our financial people translate this into English for me?


    4 February 2015 – Eligibility of Greek bonds used as collateral in Eurosystem monetary policy operations

    ECB’s Governing Council lifts current waiver of minimum credit rating requirements for marketable instruments issued or guaranteed by the Hellenic Republic

    Suspension is in line with existing Eurosystem rules, since it is currently not possible to assume a successful conclusion of the programme review

    Suspension has no impact on counterparty status of Greek financial institutions

    Liquidity needs of affected Eurosystem counterparties can be satisfied by the relevant national central bank, in line with Eurosystem rules

    The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) today decided to lift the waiver affecting marketable debt instruments issued or fully guaranteed by the Hellenic Republic. The waiver allowed these instruments to be used in Eurosystem monetary policy operations despite the fact that they did not fulfil minimum credit rating requirements. The Governing Council decision is based on the fact that it is currently not possible to assume a successful conclusion of the programme review and is in line with existing Eurosystem rules.

    1. This decision does not bear consequences for the counterparty status of Greek financial institutions in monetary policy operations. Liquidity needs of Eurosystem counterparties, for counterparties that do not have sufficient alternative collateral, can be satisfied by the relevant national central bank, by means of emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) within the existing Eurosystem rules.

      The instruments in question will cease to be eligible as collateral as of the maturity of the current main refinancing operation (11 February 2015).

    2. Who knows. It’s Greek to me.

    3. Basically, regulatorily speaking institutions are not allowed to use Greek Bonds as an investment vehicle where the security is supposed to be reliable and safe.

      This means that the next round of bonds the Greeks try to sell will hit a market that is smaller; fewer buyers will be willing to take the risk.

      Which means to attract buyers, the Greeks will have to offer higher interest rates. This increases the cost of servicing this new debt.

      Which means that they will have to budget higher interest rate payments into their plans. Since these guys seem to be students of Obamanomics (hope trumps reality), and have a charming belief that a state can spend its way to a prosperous society, they will have to borrow massive amounts of money and high interest rates in order to spend money the way they want.

      The end result is that they are going to crater, hard, and quickly. I expect the Greeks will want to leave the Euro so that they can bring back a currency they can debase in order to monetize their debt (print the money you ‘borrow’). There being no market for drachmas at some point they will lose their ability to import things like fuel oil, and they will go the same route as Venezuela – more egalitarian on paper, while becoming more polarized between the politically connected types who do OK and everyone else who see themselves worse off with each passing week.

      1. Thanks.

      2. or what SusanM said

  14. I’ve lived in a few cities, including NYC and Denver, and Denver cops make NYC cops look like libertarians.
    There is nothing for them to do, so they harass and, given any reason at all, arrest anyone who looks like they might not belong in a certain neighborhood or establishment. Bunch of Nazi fucks.

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