Andrew Buen

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Service Record

Clear Creek County Colorado Sheriff's Office

Rank Deputy
Dates of Service Ended November 23, 2022[1]
Salary $69,123 (2020)[2]
Last Known Status Terminated[1]

Incident Reports

2019 Assault of Manuel Camacho

news report with surveillance footage

On May 15, 2019, Camacho was in jail awaiting a court appearance. Buen, with deputies Jacob Cordova and Nick Dibiasi, attempted to shackle Camacho, using force including choking and kneeling on Camacho's back.[3][4]

Video of the incident was captured by a surveillance camera.[5]

Response Timeline

On December 17, 2020, Camacho sued the deputies, alleging violations of the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, and a claim against the sheriff's office for failing to train its employees.[3][4]

On November 16, 2023, the county settled the lawsuit for $15,000.[6]

2022 Death of Christian Glass

Andrew Buen booking photo
Andrew Buen

Response Timeline

On November 23, 2022, a grand jury charged Buen with second degree murder, official misconduct, and reckless endangerment.[7]

On November 23, 2022, Buen was fired.[1]

On May 23, 2023, the family's claim was settled for $19 million, to be paid by the state and three agencies. The Idaho Springs Colorado Police Chief acknowledged "that the lack of judgment, poor tactics, and lack of clear command structure resulted in the unnecessary death of Christian Glass". The Clear Creek County Colorado Sheriff gave his "deepest apologies" and acknowledged "that his officers failed to meet expectations" during the incident.[8][9]

On November 2, 2023, Buen pleaded not guilty.[10]

On April 26, 2024, a jury found Buen guilty of misdemeanor reckless endangerment and was unable to reach a verdict on a second-degree murder charge. Buen faces up to 120 days in jail. Prosecutors may retry Buen on the murder charge.[11]

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