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Colorado Police Planned to Sell 80-Year Old Crime Victim’s Car Instead of Returning It To Her

Colorado Springs Police Car Auction Senior Citizen Victim

When 80 year old Mary Antrim’s stolen car was used in a robbery, Colorado Springs police told her it was on hold as evidence, then tried to auction it off without notifying her.

Back in June, Mary Antrim’s car, a Ford Crown Victoria, was stolen in Pueblo, Colorado. A few days later, it was recovered about 45 miles away by police in Colorado Springs after the unnamed person(s) who stole it used it in an aggravated robbery.

However, instead of returning her car once they recovered it, Colorado Springs police informed Antrim that it was being held as evidence. Then Antrim says they stopped answering her calls. The next time she heard anything her car, it had been scheduled to be auctioned off.

Via KOAA.com:

“They (police) told me it was involved in a robbery and that it was being held for evidence and that’s all I was told,” Mary said.

That information was give to Mary on June 5—more than a month ago!

“I’ve called them (police) every week to find out where the car is at and what’s going on with the car,” Mary said. “No one has called me back.”

Fast fast forward to July 10—Mary logs onto her computer and discovers her car is set to be auctioned off in September.

“I was dumbfounded,” she said. “I thought how in the world can the car go from being on hold for evidence and now it’s on hand and being ready to go to auction. I couldn’t believe that…”

“I need my car for my doctors appointments that I have to go to,” Mary said. “That’s my transportation and I’m 80 years old and I’d like to have my car back so I can do what I have to do.”

At that point, Antrim contacted one of those consumer investigation teams for a local news station. When KOAA News 5, the local NBC affiliate, called on her behalf they were told that the car was up for auction because she owed $178 for impound fees.

The problem with that answer, though, is that the Colorado Springs Police Department policy states that crime victims whose cars are impounded are not supposed to be charged storage fees. Another issue is that neither Antrim, nor her husband Clyde, were ever informed that the car had been released from the hold that had been placed on it as evidence.

In fact, the CSPD was even caught a lie regarding the latter requirement. When question, the department initially claimed that they had sent a letter to the Antrims on July 7th stated that the car had been released and giving them until September 11th to claim it before it would be auctioned.

However, the letter that was sent out was postmarked July 11th. By some odd coincidence, that just happened to be the same day that the TV station first contacted the Colorado Springs police about Antrim’s car.

Fortunately for Antrim, in the end, once the media was involved the police waived all of the impound fees (that she should have never been charged in the first place). The next day, her car was released and she was able to go down and reclaim it with being extorted out of any money first.

Meanwhile, the Colorado Springs Police Department hasn’t apologized or even offered an explanation for their “mistake.” Reportedly, they stated that they are “looking into it,” though. And we all know how thorough those internal investigations tend to be. I’m sure they’ll get right to the bottom of this whole thing.

KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo

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Colorado Springs Police Officer G. Lucero Fails to Protect or Serve Accident Victim

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by a reader who only provided the first name Shannon (Shae), via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Note: This isn’t the first time Officer Gilberto Lucero’s behavior and demeanor has been called into question. In March  2015, we received another submission regarding Officer Lucero.

Date of Incident: November 4, 2016 (Around 6:30pm)
Officer Involved: Officer Gilberto Lucero
Department Involved: Colorado Springs Police Department – 217 Division
Department Phone No.: (719) 444-7240

I had just gotten into a bad car accident. The other driver had tried to beat the light, and I couldn’t see him coming because the other cars that did stop blocked my view of that lane. I thought all was good until it was too late. I was heading west and as I was making my left turn heading south, the other driver hit me so hard that, when all was said and done, my car was facing north east on the corner of Fillmore and Wood.

I’d never been in an accident where I was hit so hard my air bag deployed and I was freaking out! I’m in a panic, I’m scared and shaking. People are running up to me from out of nowhere asking me if I was OK and telling me I should sit down. I’d said I was fine, just a nervous wreck.

When the policeman showed up, he started barking at me; I need your license, I need your insurance, etc… I handed him my license and told him I couldn’t get the rest of it because the glove box wouldn’t open. It had gotten crushed in the accident. He began yelling at me, “Are you towing this or am I going to have to do it” He showed no concern for my well being. He was just barking a million and one orders at me. Get all the stuff out of your car, I need your insurance info, you need to fill out this form, if you don’t get this car towed I’ll tow it.

I turned and looked at him and said, I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m a ball of nerves and you’re not helping. I can only do one thing at a time! I was already on the phone with the insurance lady and she said “would he like to speak with me? So I looked at him and said, “Do you want talk to the lady?” He said I don’t fucking want anything to do with that! You need to get your car moved out of the middle of the road! I thought my car isn’t in the middle of the road the other person’s is! Mine was crunched up against the corner curb! And yes, he did use that cuss word and he walked away, temporarily.

IMG_20161114_152849Within about 10-15 minutes the tow company came and that seemed to satisfy him. He told me to go wait over at the 7-11 for the tow guy. After I was done and I filled out the paperwork, he was so desperate for me to get done. I said well I need the other person’s insurance info. You haven’t given me anything! He yelled at me, “I told you already I would call you back when I get that info!” And he then handed me a ticket!

What!? Why? I didn’t run the light! The other guy did. He said with such an attitude. Like I was a criminal! (I’m still shaking from the fear and shock of accident.) With that attitude he asked me how did I know the other person ran the light. I said because after yellow comes red! It was yellow and everyone else had stopped. That’s how I know he ran the light! Because after the light is green and it turns yellow what comes after that red! I’ve got common sense! They didn’t knock that out of me!

He was just so rude, obnoxious, arrogant, and not at all worried about me and my well being. I was just an annoyance to him. He was no help at all. That’s what I thought police were for. To help you, not make you feel like a bother and a criminal! I was appalled with his pushy bossy and down right RUDE attitude!! He was in no way there to help out or make me feel safe! It was just the opposite! And the strange thing about this whole nightmare is the one thing that stuck in my head was his name. Officer Lucero!

The rest of the accident is a blur. I can’t even remember what I wrote on that piece of paper he so urgently wanted me to fill out. But I do remember his name and what he looks like. That’s how much of an asshole he was. His name stuck in my head. When I was telling my friend about the accident she paused and said something’s not right, and she remembered hearing his name before about harassing the handicapped lady. We got online and now I’m telling you my story.

Thank you very much for taking time to read this. If you have any advice it would be greatly appreciated. And if anyone out there reads this and was witness to this accident, please, I know Lucero didn’t even try to ask anyone else what happened. It was on Fillmore and Wood right where the 7-11 is. It happened on the 4th of Nov. 2016, around 6:30pm, just over a week ago. To be exact, ten days ago. Thank you! And thank you to those people who did show concern and consideration for me and the other driver in the Academy driving school car. Who also is fine just fyi.

– Sincerely, Shae

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Investigation: Colorado Cop Who Slammed Teen’s Face Into Concrete used Excessive Force

A couple months ago, Dylan Donnelly reported on an incident in which a Colorado Springs police officer was accused in a lawsuit of using excessive force for smashing an (at the time) 18 year old girl’s face into the concrete floor while her hands were handcuffed behind her back.

The 2013 incident, at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, was captured on video and clearly showed  Officer Tyler Walker slamming Alexis Acker to the ground face first while she is unable to defend herself or break her fall, due to her hands being restrained behind her.

According to Dylan’s previous post:

…she suffered a concussion and two broken teeth; also injuries to her face, head, and jaw that have had long-term health consequences including migraine headaches, closed head injuries, memory and cognitive function problems, and post traumatic stress disorder.

Face Slam Colorado Springs PoliceIn light of that and with the video available, it shouldn’t be difficult to figure out that excessive force was used by Officer Walker against Acker. And apparently, it wasn’t because it was announced today that an investigation by the Colorado Springs Police Department concluded excessive force was, in fact, used and that Walker was disciplined, although how exactly is not disclosed.

They did, however, state that he wasn’t fired as a result of causing major facial injuries to a small, young woman, who was unable to defend or protect herself at the time.

According to KKTV11 News (emphasis added):

Police released the following statement today:

“The following statement is being released at the request of Chief Carey.
The internal investigation regarding Officer Tyler Walker has been completed. The allegation of Treatment of Offenders-Force 1650.56 has been sustained and discipline was imposed. Due to pending civil litigation Colorado Springs Police Department is unable to provide further comment or details.
Officer Walker is still employed by the Colorado Springs Police Department.”

Police are not saying what disciplinary action Walker faced.

So, Officer Tyler Walker will still be out there walking (or driving) the streets of Colorado Springs, CO looking for an opportunity to slam someone’s face into the concrete. I don’t doubt that his wrist is pretty sore from the slap they surely gave him on it, though.

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