A football player at the University of Colorado is currently in police custody after an alleged altercation with officers. Facing a total of 15 charges, including criminal mischief, his bond has been set at $100,000. He has also been suspended from participating in any of his college team’s activities.
Officers originally responded to an apartment after receiving a call concerning a potential domestic dispute. According to the defendant’s girlfriend, the two were involved in an argument when the defendant apparently became violent towards her. She also claims that he set a stuffed animal on fire on her stovetop. The woman’s roommates also claim that they were assaulted after trying to intervene in the dispute.
When police arrived at the scene, the roommates were in a neighbor’s apartment while the player and his girlfriend were outside. One of the officers drew his firearm at the player in what might have been an attempt to de-escalate the situation. Instead, he says the player tackled him, and the two fell down the stairs while another officer was knocked over. Additional officers responded as back up in order to help with the arrest.
Aside from criminal mischief, the defendant has also been charged with multiple counts of second-degree assault and resisting arrest among other allegations. These allegations are quite severe, with each felony assault charge having the potential consequence of up to 10 years behind bars. However, no matter how severe the charges, this defendant, just like each and every defendant in Colorado, has the right to a fair and just criminal court procedure, which includes upholding a person’s innocence throughout the process.