suppliedJuan Daniel Valenzuela’s license was damaged in the wash.
A man who was accused of faking a government document when he presented a driver’s license at Denver International Airport that had run through the laundry has sued three Denver cops for false arrest.
Juan Valenzuela was fired from his job as a correctional officer at a Colorado prison because of the fiasco that began a year ago in a Transportation Security Administration security line.
Attorney Raymond Bryant filed a civil lawsuit on Valenzuela’s behalf in U.S. District Court in Denver against Denver police officers Karl Coleman, Ligela Craven and Anthony Wilkerson.
Valenzuela was going through security on Feb. 15, 2017 when a TSA agent concluded his driver’s license was a fake even though the anti-tampering portion of the card was intact and he was identifiable, the lawsuit says.
The TSA agent summoned numerous police officers, who asked him why the card was damaged. He explained that the damage was caused by a washing machine.
Valenzuela offered other identification including his Social Security card, as well as his Crowley County Correctional Facility munitions card and his firearms qualification card both of which had his name and photograph, the lawsuit says. His prison captain also verified Valenzuela was whom he claimed to be.
But the three police officers disregarded all the evidence and arrested him for investigation of using a forged a U.S. government identification card, a felony. He was in jail for three days.
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When a prosecutor “took one look” at the license, they said something similar to “that is obviously not fake…you should not have been arrested” and dismissed the charge, the lawsuit says. The officers had arrested Valenzuela without any evidence of forgery, the lawsuit says.
Valenzuela was fired from his job at the state prison because of the arrest, and remained unemployed for five months as his family struggled to pay rent and living expenses, the lawsuit says. Bryant said the prison couldn’t employ someone facing …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – News