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Denver Health security guard accused of beating man with flashlight

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DENVER — A security guard at Denver Health Medical Center is accused of using a stun gun on a man and beating him with a flashlight. Multiple people reached out about the case after seeing a post from Michelle Martinez on Facebook. In the post, Martinez said her son, Nicolas Montez Jr., arrived at Denver Health early Saturday morning after he saw his brother get shot. She said the security guard attacked him without provocation.

“As [Nicolas] arrived the security guards instructed him to sit next the information desk, which he did. I was notified that my son was there waiting so I went to the ER waiting room,” Martinez said. “Nick began to walk toward me once he saw me and was tackled by the security officer.

“Another officer began punching him and kneeing him in the face. They tazed (sic) him and he fell to the ground they kneeled on his back and continued to taze him.”

“He’s screaming, ‘My brother’s back there, my brother’s been shot, I’m trying to get to my brother,'” Martinez said.

Martinez said she was running toward the men when an officer pulled out a metal flashlight and started hitting her son on the head and face.

“Nick was down with his arms behind his back and the security guard went up with the flashlight and cracked his head open. You could hear it echo through the hallway,” Martinez said.

“I was helpless. My mother came screaming and they put her in a police hold. She’s 64 years old.

“No mother [should] to have to go through what I’ve gone through, watching my son get beat with a metal object and not be able to do anything.”

“This is not about color. My son is Hispanic, this is about injustice and unprovoked attacks by security officers in a position of trust,” she said on Facebook.

Denver Health spokeswoman Kelli Christensen said the security guard, who works for HSS Security, has been put on leave.

“We take this matter seriously and are currently investigating the events that occurred at our hospital early Saturday morning,” Christensen said. “We are told by HSS that the security guard in question has been put on leave pending further investigation.”

HSS said two security officers tried to prevent a “disruptive and combative person from entering the emergency room.”

“At some point during the ensuing event, HSS officers deployed a Taser to control the person, which was not effective,” HSS said in a statement. “The person suffered a head injury when subdued by officers.”

“Our officers receive training in patient restraint practices and safe handling of individuals under stress, and we are always concerned if we are not able to successfully defuse a situation,” said Alan Butler, senior vice president of health care security. “We are cooperating with Denver Health s internal investigation and have been told Denver police are conducting an investigation as well.”

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The UM System to Increase Password Security by Fall 2017

By Kat Riddler, Editori-In-Chief

The University of Missouri System will be implementing the Secure Authentication Toolkit to provide a second layer of password safety for users. This tool is similar to password security used by banks and credit card companies. The change was explained in a campus-wide email sent out on February 13 by Information Security Officer Mark Monroe. According to the campus-wide email, Logging in to an electronic resource with a username and password confirms your identity and grants authentication to access University IT systems and sensitive information. This makes passwords the forefront of protecting your personal information as well as the university s electronic data. The toolkit provides a second step of password security, such as phone numbers, email addresses, and questions so that users can gain access to IT systems to retrieve their password. All UM System employees and students will have to provide a cell phone number and a non-university email account by the end of the fall and will have to fill out knowledge-based questions and answers. All employees and students will also have to be registered through the toolkit in the coming weeks by changing or resetting their passwords. If registration is forgone, services like password change and reset will not be accessible.

The FAQ section states, The University will use this information for legitimate University purposes and as required by law. The University does not market personal information to outside entities. The section includes a note for students on this. Directory information is publically available under Missouri s open records law unless they exercise their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and university policy to restrict information from the directory. More on FERPA can be accessed on the registrar s website at For technical help with the tools contact Technology Support Center at 314-516-6034. More information about the Secure Authentication Toolkit can be found at[1]. To register with the Secure Authentication Toolkit, please visit[2]. For additional information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage at[3].


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Letters: Readers discuss voting Trump, the National Guard, Scouts and Journey to a New Life

Wrong reason

Thank you for your feature Choosing Trump. (Feb. 12, 13A). I have been puzzled, frankly, by the fierce aversion to Hillary Clinton in the election and have sought other articles for reasons none of them, in my mind, accounting for voters willingness to choose Donald Trump over her. Statements from your readers labeled, It s the Clintons, stupid, reveal, finally, that the choice to vote against Clinton in favor of the man who won turn out to be more shallow and short-sighted than I had imagined.

Robert Stewart

Prairie Village

Honorable action

Last weekend, four members of the Kansas Army National Guard s 35th Military Police Company drove hours to get to the middle of nowhere by 8:15 a.m. to show a group of young Boy Scouts how to properly raise an American flag. The four enlisted servicemen and women did not know each other, but they quickly assembled, shared ideas and allowed the ranking servicewoman to lay a plan for her newly formed team. They performed flawlessly. The sight of the stars and stripes whipping against a bright blue sky made me swell with pride.

After the ceremony, the guardsmen and women volunteered an hour to discuss service to others.

We should be honored that our young guardsmen are willing to give of themselves so freely and openly for the betterment of the future. I would like to publicly thank the leadership of the Kansas Army National Guard, the 35th Military Police Company and the state coordinator for military funeral honors, Rod Moyer. These are outstanding members of our community. I am proud of their contributions to the development of youth in our state.

Robert Wilson


Restore funding

There is a great nonprofit in Kansas City called Journey to New Life. It provides food, housing and job training for women who have been recently released from prison. The average recidivism rate in Missouri is 35 percent, conservatively estimating. If you include people who return to prison because of probation violations, the recidivism rate might be 60 percent or higher. Journey to New Life s clients have a recidivism rate of less than 5 percent.

It is funded in part by the state, but the project reaps net savings for the state of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. It also reduces crime and helps women re-entering society to be good mothers. One of Gov. Eric Greitens first official actions was to cut all state funding for Journey to New Life. Greitens is clearly a very smart person. This was not a smart decision. I urge him to reconsider.

Gregg Lombardi

Kansas City

Real ID

I have relatives living on a military base and cannot visit them using a Missouri driver s license. My passport expires in March, and I cannot justify renewing it. I am a senior citizen and most likely will not live 10 more years, the lifespan of a passport. Lawmakers should get our state in line with other states and comply with Real ID requirements. (Feb. 16, 5A, Missouri lawmakers want to push back at federal rules on ID )

Harold Wears

Lowry City, Mo.

With interest I read the complaints from a couple of legislators to the Missouri attorney general regarding Real ID requirements: The letter to [Josh] Hawley states that the people of Missouri want their privacy and do not want arbitrary conditions set forth by the government under the guise of security.

It seems funny to me that the same legislators have said they want similar arbitrary conditions under the guise of protecting against voter fraud.

GOP of Missouri, thy name is hypocrisy.

Dennis Nicely

Overland Park

Colors of fear

I think President Donald Trump should reinstate the George W. Bush-era Homeland Security Advisory System s color codes to alert us to threats, as it did after the 9/11 attacks. You remember the colors: Green meant low threat, all the way up to red s severe threat. I never would never go out in those days when the news was showing us a red-coded alert. Too, too risky. Trump tells us that he now knows how much danger we are in because, as president, he has insider information. Bringing back that old system and tweeting us seems like the right thing to do so we can all be as afraid and anxious as he thinks we ought to be.

And we ought to be very, very afraid. He wants us to be very, very afraid. And he ought to know.

Marianne Ronan

Kansas City

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