337 troopers trained on search, seizure after Kemp shooting

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office says more than 300 members of the Colorado State Patrol have received training on the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and related search and seizure issues, consistent with a lawsuit settlement with the family of Jason Kemp, the unarmed Redlands man who was shot and killed in his home in 2010.

A letter from First Assistant Attorney General Julie Selsberg, which was sent to the Colorado branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, details training provided to 337 state troopers during 13 sessions starting in August 2012 through the end of this past September.

The training sessions, done in four-hour blocks at the State Patrol’s academy in Golden, have involved everyone from command staff down to the agency’s frontline troopers. The entire agency must receive the training, under terms of the Kemp settlement.

The settlement also says the state of Colorado must provide periodic updates to ACLU. The organization represented Kemp’s family in a federal wrongful death lawsuit, which was settled in January and included a $1 million payout to Kemp’s family.

“The schedule of presentations continues through March of 2014,” Selsberg said in the letter.

ACLU Denver legal director Mark Silverstein said CSP appears to be following the settlement in letter and spirit, but hopes the agency goes further.

“It would be even better if they had training replicating the set of facts in Jason’s case,” Silverstein said. “It would represent I think a more complete institutional acknowledgment that what happened on that day was wrong.”

Kemp, 31, was fatally shot July 20, 2010, in the front doorway of his home on Glade Road by then-trooper Ivan “Gene” Lawyer. Lawyer and Cpl. Kirk Firko, who were both prosecuted, pounded and kicked at the front door as Kemp refused entry, demanding they get a warrant. The troopers were investigating a non-injury crash in which drunken driving was suspected. The incident happened near Kemp’s home, and Kemp was the suspected driver.

Lawyer was acquitted in April 2010 on state criminal charges. Prosecutors dropped a case against Firko.

Both were later fired by the State Patrol.


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Although the pdf file of the “4th Amendment Training Report” is better than nothing, it merely lists the numbers and ranks of police officers receiving the training. Of much greater interest (and service) to the public would be a specific report outlining the substance and thoroughness of that 4th Amendment training, and the precise point/s on which the new training differs from the old training which resulted in the summary police-state execution of Jason Kemp by the now fired officers, Ivan “Gene” Lawyer and Kirk Firko. In the absence of such information, how is the public supposed to have any confidence in the notion that whatever caused the police-state killing of Jason Kemp will not happen again and again?
What is needed is FAR greater transparency and accountability in government. When you take into consideration all the so-called “National Security” lying involved in such as U.S.S. Maine, Pearl Harbor, Gulf of Tonkin, WMD, NSA, Benghazi, 9-11, TWA800, OKC, JFK (80% of Americans disbelieve the govt’s story), RFK, MLK, Waco, Ruby Ridge, ad infinitum, I am reluctant to believe that just a cursory story or two in the local media is going to have any effect at all on rogue police behavior. Yet supposedly everybody should just keep trucking merrily along as if government, like Caesar’s wife, is above reproach and always operates in good faith so we don’t need to talk about specifics.
Here’s a specific for you: after 50 years, 80% of the American people still disbelieve the Warren Commission’s lies about the JFK assassination. Former Minnesota governor, Jesse Ventura, a former Navy SEAL and expert rifle marksman, says he knows for a fact Lee Harvey Oswald did not kill JFK. For his television show, Ventura tried to duplicate Oswald’s alleged feat of rifle marksmanship and didn’t come close. Then he had a world-class trainer of military snipers try to duplicate the feat, and that man couldn’t even come close either. Since Oswald apparently didn’t even have sniper training in the military, I agree with Ventura that it was impossible for Oswald to be the lone assassin.
Former Vice President, Walter Mondale said, “we told the truth, obeyed the law, and kept the peace.” Speaking about Obamacare, President Obama said, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” Neither Mondale nor Obama have spoken one word of truth about the global criminal debt-as-money oligarchs. Since government seems to lie a lot more often than it tells the whole truth, I for one would like to know exactly how the new training of Colorado Highway Patrol officers differs from the old training.

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