Loveland Colorado Police Department
|Dates of Service||2012 - October 1, 2021|
|Last Known Status||Terminated|
It is alleged that Ashe had other complaints of excessive force.
2019 Arrest of Preston Sowl
In 2020, Sowl filed a civil lawsuit against the city and the officers involved, claiming that Ashe "beat up, arrested, and falsely charged" him, and that these actions were retaliatory, without warrant or probable cause, used excessive force and malicious prosecution, as violations of Sowl's First and Fourth Amendment rights.
In 2021, the lawsuit was settled.
On May 7, 2021, Police Chief Robert Ticer wrote an internal memo and determined the witness had not committed a crime and Ashe was not justified in arresting him. Ticer recommended a written warning and more training.
By October 8, 2021, Ashe had been placed on unpaid administrative leave by the department.
2020 Policy Violation
On July 7, 2021, Ashe asked an employee in the department's records office for information about Sergeant Phillips Metzler's involvement in the June 2020 arrest of Karen Garner.
On October 1, 2021, Ashe was fired for violating the department's policy on accessing records.
In December 2021, Ashe filed a lawsuit to overturn his firing.
- Complaint and Jury Demand, Sowl's initial complaint, Loveland Government web site, 2020-06-22
- Sady Swanson, Former Loveland police officer sues for wrongful termination related to Karen Garner investigation, Fort Collins Coloradoan, 2022-02-09
- Austin Fleskes, Excessive force lawsuit against Loveland police, city settled for $290,000, Reporter Herald, 2021-01-25
- City of Loveland reaches $290,000 settlement over wrongful arrest lawsuit, '9 News, 2021-07-02
- Austin Fleskes, Loveland police officer named in Preston Sowl lawsuit put on unpaid leave, Reporter Herald, 2021-10-18