Denver (AP) Prosecutors formally charged a police officer with felony first-degree assault for an alleged attack on a teenager suspected of consuming alcohol.
Sixteen-year-old Juan “Willie” Vasquez's family said the teen suffered a lacerated liver, broken ribs and kidney injuries when the officer jumped on his back up to four times.
Forty-year-old officer Charles Porter, who had been assigned to the gang bureau, was arrested may 8 on suspicion of second-degree assault. Prosecutors filed the more serious charge Monday.
Vasquez has undergone at least two surgeries following the alleged attack April 18, according to his family.
A police report says at least two police officers witnessed the incident that followed a foot chase when Porter allegedly saw Vasquez consuming alcohol.