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John Ferrugia’s injuries were documented by police at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

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Excessive force, excessive lawsuits

During the past two years, the Steamboat Springs Police Department has been subject to three federal lawsuits from people claiming excessive use of force by officers. A fourth lawsuit is expected to be filed soon. City officials have not commented on the lawsuits because of the pending litigation, but an audio recording from a police department staff meeting in October offers some insight.

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Questioning authority: City of Steamboat Springs quietly fights lawsuit alleging excessive use of force

Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Evan Driscoll thought the scene looked suspicious.


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