He Believed Police Didn’t Act Like This – Says 81 Year Old Blind Victim
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“It was one of the worst things that ever happened to me outside of my eye accident when I lost my eyesight because I always thought the United States was a great place and police didn’t act like this.” Philip White
In 2012, Philip White, then 77-years old, was at the Greyhound station trying to take a bus back home to Eagle. He was told that the bus was sold out, so he asked to speak to a manager. Philip is blind and carries a cane. After Philip spoke with a manager, the manager said it was okay for him to wait for the next bus. However, a security guard told Philip that he was trespassing and would be arrested. Philip called the police.
“I decided to call the police to see if maybe I was breaking the law somehow,” White explained to Denver7 chief investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski. “[The dispatcher] said the only thing we can do really is we could send a policeman over to observe your discussion with the manager. So I thought that was a good idea.”
When an officer arrived, Philip asked to touch his badge to ensure that it was the police, but the officer refused. The security guard and officer tried slamming Philip to the hard floor. Philip’s head was bashed on a counter.
Surveillance video captured what happened.
Chafin claimed that Philip tried hitting him with his cane. In the video, the bus station’s counter obscures view of White’s cane. Philip was arrested. The district attorney subsequently dropped all charges against Philip.
In 2013, Philip sued the city of Denver, Greyhound, and the security company. Greyhound and the security company settled. Philip’s attorney asked the city to settle for $180K. City attorney Scott Martinez refused to settle. The case went to trial against the city of Denver.
In October 2015, a jury awarded Philip White $100,000 in compensatory damages and $300,000 in punitive damages plus his attorney fees. The City has filed an appeal. The total cost to taxpayers now exceeds a million dollars.
With the appeal pending, Philip has not seen a dime of the jury’s award. Now 81 years old, Philip is of the impression that the city wants to keep the case going, waiting for him to die.
The city attorney, Scott Martinez, announced in May that he is leaving the office. He did not give a reason for his departure.