In an effort to raise awareness about the use of police excessive force in the City of Denver, filmmaker Wade Gardner partnered with Denver civil rights attorneys to make a documentary.
Gardner presented a private screening of the five-act film, “Marvin Booker was Murdered,” Dec. 7 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton. The audience, which consisted of members from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and other interested attorneys, also engaged in a panel discussion that followed the screening.
The film will be the first documentary to highlight police brutality and excessive force in Denver, Gardner said. It features the life and death of Marvin Booker, a black homeless man who was killed while in booking at the Downtown Detention Center in July 2010. Booker’s family sued the City of Denver and the five Sherriff’s deputies who were involved.
Since then, Booker’s death has intensified an effort to shine a light on the city’s law enforcement, which has been involved in several excessive force lawsuits — most of which involved taped footage used as evidence.