Brian Bartnes

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Service Record

Agency: Loveland Colorado Police Department
Rank: Sergeant
Last Known Status: Active

Incident Reports

2019 Arrest of Preston Sowl

Department Response

Legal Action

In 2020, Sowl filed a civil lawsuit against the city and the officers involved.[1]

Sowl's lawsuit claims that, as a supervisor on scene, Bartnes failed to intervene, failed to report the unlawful use of excessive force, and then assisted officers Paul Ashe and Benjamin DeLima in covering up their misconduct. It also claims that Bartnes refused a paramedic's requests to remove Sowl's handcuffs to provide medical care.[2]

The lawsuit was settled in 2021.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Austin Fleskes, Excessive force lawsuit against Loveland police, city settled for $290,000, Reporter Herald, 2021-01-25
  2. Complaint and Jury Demand, Sowl's initial complaint, Loveland Government web site, 2020-06-22