Denver officer gets 30-day suspension for shoving man

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DENVER | The Denver Civil Service Commission has determined that a police officer deserves a 30-day suspension for shoving a man while he worked security at a bar in 2014.

The Denver Civil Service Commission has ruled that police officer Choice Johnson deserves a 30-day suspension for shoving a man attending his brother's bachelor party in July 2014 at a LoDo bar. (Denver Post via AP)
The Denver Civil Service Commission has ruled that police officer Choice Johnson deserves a 30-day suspension for shoving a man attending his brother’s bachelor party in July 2014 at a LoDo bar. (Denver Post via AP)

The Denver Post reports (https://dpo.st/1MtibtE ) the commission released a letter Tuesday saying Officer Choice Johnson violated police policy by using an Israeli marshal arts technique on Brandon Schreiber. The commission says Schreiber wasn’t aggressive and Johnson “simply attacked” him.

Johnson was ordered to serve a 30-day suspension following the incident. But a hearing officer overturned the punishment, finding that Johnson had used an appropriate amount of force.

Johnson shoved Scheiber after he argued with the officer for arresting his brother, who had been holding his bachelor party at the bar.

Scheiber has filed a lawsuit against Johnson and the Denver Police Department.