Police use of force highest in five years
Officer-reported use of force by Grand Junction police hit a five-year high in 2013, which also saw more officer injuries and Taser deployments, according to a department report.
The Grand Junction Police Department’s annual use of force summary says there were 63 reported incidents of police use of force in 2013, the most since at least 2009.
That compares to 40 cases in 2011.
There were also 22 cases of reported use of Tasers by officers, up from 14 in 2012 and a five-year high for the department as well.
Six suspects reported injuries from Tasers, not counting medical calls to remove Taser probes that lodged into suspects. Those injuries were characterized in the report as “minor” after falling to the ground, including one person who complained about a possible dislocated shoulder.
Cases of “hands on” interaction, or taking a suspect to the ground, totaled 37.
The report also notes nine officer injuries in 2013, while just two were reported five years ago. The injuries were characterized as anything from bruises and scrapes, to a knee injury, sprained thumb and a black eye.
A vast majority of the reported force, 45 of the 63 reported cases, happened between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Increases cited in the report came during a year in which 63,609 911 calls for service were recorded in Grand Junction, a year-to-year increase of just more than 5 percent.