ACLU suing over GJ man's death

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DENVER (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a
lawsuit in Federal District Court against three Colorado State
Patrol officers and two training supervisors in the death of an
unarmed Grand Junction man.

The man was killed last summer when he refused to allow officers to enter his home without a warrant.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Connie and Keith Kemp, the
parents of 31-year-old Jason Alan Kemp. Kemp died after Trooper
Ivan Lawyer shot him in the chest.

The Colorado State Patrol says Kemp was shot after an exchange
with a trooper. Kemp was suspected of being involved in a traffic

The lawsuit claims the officers were negligent and they had insufficient training.

A spokesman for the highway patrol had no immediate response.

APNP 05-24-11 1257MDT

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  • by Anonymous Location: america on May 26, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    so glad we all have the right to sue. what would we do with all the free time if we couldnt drag people into court? there is alot more to this story than what has been released and yes im sure there is someone out there that has the correct and honest answers for any and all questions about this. sueing will take away all the grief and heartache.
  • by TLC on May 25, 2011 at 08:12 PM
    Go ACLU I hope you get millions for the family.
  • by get a life Location: who cares co on May 25, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    jus·tice the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness to all you people who sit on your high horse and judge a criminals death and want to reap the benefits of suing a man that was doing his duty to protect all you so called people. you all make us hard working honest and down right law abiding citizens sick to call you our neighbors. you bickering people have never known what its like to put your life on the line for your fellow man and you all sit there and think you have the right to judge a man in the line of duty. i would love to see how you would feel when lead comes flying your way. keep this up and all of our police force is going to consist of is nothing and you're going to miss that when you need them because there are none because you sue them for doing their job. great job America I'm so glad that you all should be so proud. i cant wait to get out of the marine corps and be a police officer and protect you so u can sue me for protecting you. YOU GO ACLU! way to show our kids its ok to break the law!
  • by Anonymous on May 25, 2011 at 07:33 PM
    Hey Delta- if there was exonerating evidence don't you think the (alleged) murderer would have presented it? All you apologists can keep trying, but for those of us in the real world....we have seen the truth. Reminds me of: "Who you going to believe? Me, or your lying eyes?" These guys are simply revenue generators. Making sure everyone in the USA corp. follows policy. Policy/Police? It breaks my heart.
  • by Anonymous Location: Delta on May 25, 2011 at 06:35 PM
    Who do you call when your in trouble and can't solve your own problems you created? THE POLICE!!! Not every officer is a bad cop as you may want to protray in this incident just as every person is not a bad person. Again an officer has a brief second to make a decision but most of you will never know this. I wasnt at the scene with this young man but there is generally more to the story then what people are saying and what is reported. We hear only a fraction of the details.
  • by What on May 25, 2011 at 12:27 PM
    Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized
  • by Anonymous Location: gj on May 25, 2011 at 12:21 AM
  • by Angela on May 25, 2011 at 12:03 AM
    Thank you Dawson! They lost their son! What kind of sick people seriously can say after losing your child money would make it better?! That's just wrong! Jason Kemp was a very good man and no matter what did not deserve to be killed! I thank God and the ACLU Justice for Jason will be served! God bless you and Rip!
  • by Dawson Location: Grand Junction on May 24, 2011 at 10:44 PM
    Shame on you! Grieving parents are hardly interested in a few dollars. Money cannot fill voids, God forbid you have to go through such a thing, how would you react? Pretend like nothing happened? I remind you these were officers in the city of Grand Junction, although not GJPD how can we be expected to trust any officer after the numerous black marks on GJPD's record over the last year including rape, harassment, false reports, vehicle accidents, and domestic violence. Why do I seem to be the only one upset these 'Officers' are payed by my tax dollars and now could potentially have murdered a man?
  • by Anonymous Location: Delta on May 24, 2011 at 09:36 PM
    Really? We may have to take a step back and realize POLICE OFFICERS have a brief second to make a decison to protect himself and the community. Also were not in South Compton where our police officers look to hurt someone because he precieves he is a bad guy or take a life. Maybe just maybe he was out of control and made the officer feel threathened and like his life was in danger. Officers run to a situation where most of you people run from or call them for help. THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!
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