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Denver police officer charged with assault in body-slam incident on Nuggets NBA Finals victory night


Denver District Attorney Beth McCann announced Thursday that she has filed a criminal charge of assault against a Denver police officer caught on video tackling a man outside a downtown bar where he was working, uniformed but off-duty, the night of the Denver Nuggets NBA Finals victory.

Police officer Adam Glasby, 39, has been charged with one felony count of second-degree assault that led to serious bodily injury in connection with the alleged altercation early on June 13.

He and another Denver Police Department officer were working off-duty at the Hayter’s & Co. bar at 1920 Blake St. when they saw men fighting outside the bar. Trying to break up the fight, Glasby pulled one of the men away from the others and slammed him to the pavement, leaving him unconscious, according to a district attorney news release.

Glasby stayed with the victim — Elijah Smith, 26, from Roseville, Calif. — and tried to help him. When the victim got up about two minutes later, friends walked him away, police said in an affidavit application for Glasby’s arrest.


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