Police beat two gay men in 2009 in Denver, one for using the women's restroom and the other for calling his father and telling him police were beating his companion. The two men were hospitalized with severe injuries. The police then filed false reports saying that their victims had initiated the attack and the Manager of Safety, Ron Perea, suspended the officers for a few days for lying on their police report (the entire incident was caught on camera) and said that their actions were basically justified (because police officers often believe that no violence that their buddies exact on the public can ever be excessive).
Perea resigned last year after outcry since he overplayed his hand in this situation by making the common argument for police brutality - that the victims were the ones who started it and who are you going to believe? - when there was video documentation of the contrary. People are often willing to take what the police say at face value and ignore their victims, but video evidence makes that too much and they at least want the "bad apples" punished.
And yesterday the two officers were punished - they lost their jobs. None of the reports I've read have said anything about criminal charges being pressed against these officers. While rubes like us would definitely be sent to prison for beating people up with metal rods if such an incident were caught on tape and broadcast on TV with our names attached to them, police officers are obviously too fragile to have to face the consequences of their actions.
A local news report that includes the surveillance video (via Towleroad) is after the jump.