Brian Bartnes

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Service Record

Loveland Colorado Police Department

Rank Sergeant
Last Known Status Active

Incident Reports

2019 Arrest of Preston Sowl

Response Timeline

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]

In 2021, the lawsuit was settled.[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