Michael DeHerrera beating

An image from "high activity location observation" (HALO) video showing an officer beating Michael DeHerrera outside a LoDo club.

Two Denver police officers should get their jobs back, according to a Colorado Court of Appeals decision exactly 10 years after an incident that ultimately resulted in their firings.

The case stems from an April 4, 2009  incident in LoDo in which Michael DeHerrera -- the son of a Pueblo sheriff's deputy -- was beaten by Denver Police officer Devin Sparks outside a nightclub while another man was being arrested by officer Randy Murr, court documents say. DeHerrera was taken to a hospital and treated for serious injuries caused by Sparks, the documents say.

Murr was originally suspended for three days and Sparks was docked three days pay. But after 9News obtained "high activity location observation" (HALO) video of the incident (see an excerpt below), a nine-month city investigation was launched, and then-Denver Manager of Safety Charles Garcia ultimately fired both Sparks and Murr.

Thursday's decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals determined that the manager of safety lacked the authority to reopen the disciplinary matter, rescind the three-day discipline and order more severe penalties because the three-day discipline was final.

> CLICK HERE for the full story from 9News. And WATCH the video below.




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