An attorney for Jax Feldmann, a 21-year-old Denverite allegedly shot in the eye by a Denver police officer on May 30, wants criminal charges brought against the officer and a monetary settlement for his client.
According to a letter from attorney Birk Baumgartner delivered to Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver City Council members Monday, Feldmann was walking near Colfax Avenue and Grant Street at about 9:30 p.m. when he saw a truck full of police officers ride by. The letter states that he was walking to his car — not protesting — and had just finished working on a design for a restaurant menu when an officer shot him in his left eye with a projectile.
“This is just a random, senseless, vicious attack,” Baumgartner said. “The fact that the guy’s wearing a police uniform shouldn’t keep it from being investigated as a criminal offense.”
The letter alleges that police did nothing to help while Feldmann bled profusely from the eye. Doctors will remove Feldmann’s eye.
The attorney wants the city government to accept full liability for the incident, open a criminal investigation into the officer and make Feldmann an offer that compensates him for the life-changing injury.
The Denver Police Department is investigating the matter internally, Baumgartner said.