Michael Owen

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Service Record

Agency Westminster Colorado Police Department
Rank Senior Officer[1]
Dates of Service Ended February 2021.[1]
Salary $77,368 (2020)[2]
Last Known Status Resigned.[1]
Agency Lochbuie Colorado Police Department
Rank Officer[3]
Dates of Service Hired May 2021.[4]
Last Known Status Active

Incident Reports

2020 Arrest of Clayton Shriver

In February 2021, Owen resigned from the department.[1]

Department Response

After the department was informed of Shriver's lawsuit, an internal investigation was launched. The investigator reviewed witness statements and the video footage, but did not interview the officers. The investigation cleared the officers, finding that the use of force was within policy, that the officers used sound judgment, and the officers' training was sufficient.[5]

A civilian review board and department leadership upheld the investigation's findings.[5]

Legal Action

On January 14, 2022, Shriver filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city and the two officers, claiming violations of his Fourth Amendment rights due to the use of excessive force, false arrest, and malicious prosecution, and that the department had failed to properly train the officers.[5][1][6]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: bad
Protect & Serve rating: bad
Individual Rights rating: bad
Accountability and Integrity rating: neutral
Off Duty rating: neutral
Ratings Definitions

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Statement, Westminster Police Department, 2022-01-19
  2. Michael Anthony Owen, Senior Police Officer, City of Westminster, govSalaries
  3. Monthly Board Report, Lochbuie Police Department, 2021-06-08
  4. Monthly Board Report, Lochbuie Police Department, 2021-05-18
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Elise Schmelzer, Westminster defends actions of ex-officers sued over Taser use, releases video of Walmart incident, The Denver Post, 2022-01-21
  6. Shriver v City of Westminster, U.S. District Court, 2022-01-14