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85-year-old man in jail, accused of felony assault for hitting person with his cane

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DENVER — An 85-year-old man who admits he smacked someone with his cane was in jail Thursday accused of felony assault with a deadly weapon.

His family says what is even more absurd than the allegation is the way Denver police officers hauled him out of bed in the middle of the night and took him away.

The family says the incident with the cane took place more than two weeks ago and the family thought it was just a minor parking issue.

They said the man would’ve been happy to go in and talk to police if they had only asked him to do that.

The first time family members were aware an investigation was underway was when police showed up in the middle of the night Wednesday, got the elderly man out of bed, arrested him and took him away in handcuffs.

John Copeland leaned on his walker and slowly made his way to the podium in the courtroom Thursday afternoon.

His family says Copeland is nearly deaf and he told the judge he couldn’t hear what the judge was saying.

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  1. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    January 5th, 2013

    I am contacting my congress critter and demanding that assault canes be banned.

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  2. Moe Tom

    January 5th, 2013

    Stories like this make me sick.

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  3. conservative cowgirl

    January 5th, 2013

    Where is the name of the wimp who claims to be victimized by an 85 year old man with a cane. Ridiculous.

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  4. MM

    January 5th, 2013

    “he could have killed me”?????

    What a fucking pussy.

    This obviously could have been handled better by everyone, but still, an 85 year old half blind and deaf guy rousted out at midnight and now not able to take his medication? Sheesh Now that’s truly the police acting stupidly.

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  5. Snoodles

    January 5th, 2013

    That’s me in about 20 years.

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  6. mkultra

    January 5th, 2013

    Kick ass or die is what the Denver Police Department is all about. It is kill or be killed in this town. The D.P.D. has never been anything but a dangerous gang of vengeful, half-bright cowboys with a vicious reputation for brutality and what the Hell’s Angels used to call ‘massive retaliation.

    -Hunter S. Thompson

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  7. mkultra

    January 5th, 2013

    I remember when I lived in Denver and the cops were looking for a suspect in an apartment. They used a ladder to climb into the wrong apartment and shot a bed-ridden old man with a can of pepsi in his hand. Unshockingly, an internal investigation cleared them of any wrongdoing.

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  8. Poonces

    January 5th, 2013

    Obviously Colorado is no country for old men.

    Is anyone on either side of the law sane there?

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  9. AbigailAdams

    January 5th, 2013

    Let’s not be silly about this. That’s not a police department, it’s the gestapo.

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  10. ronterf

    January 5th, 2013

    I was just wondering, if he could hardly walk and hear what was he doing driving?

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  11. MM

    January 5th, 2013

    I had to move out of Denver, a sanctuary city-the illegals are fucking out of control and the PC is deadly.

    Several years ago, the mayor, now the far left Gov, in collusion with the DPD, kept secret an ongoing series of attacks by blacks that SOLELY targeted whites in downtown. And when it was revealed, from the Denver Post, NADA-he was given a pass. Did he face one fucking question about it when he ran for Gov? Yeah right.

    It’s not Chicago but give ‘em time-any concentration of REgressives always leads to the same thing.

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  12. MM

    January 5th, 2013

    He was in the passenger seat-pay attention dude.

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  13. aleon

    January 5th, 2013

    I lived in Denver through the 70′s and at that time the statewide slogan was ” Don’t Californicate Colorado” I guess it fell on deaf ears.

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  14. B. Hussein Obama

    January 5th, 2013

    I didn’t realize there were any 85 year olds left … jus wait till the full force of ObamaCare kicks in …

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  15. Pickled Liver

    January 5th, 2013

    Oh no – He’s a Negro !!

    When are the Rev’s expected ?

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  16. RosalindJ

    January 5th, 2013

    There is definitely a systemic sickness in a police department that would green-light this gestapo like tactic. I haven’t been through Denver for a few years. I think I’ll make it a point to avoid it.

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  17. F.D.R. in Hell

    January 5th, 2013

    As Buckwheat used to say in THE LITTLE RASCALS…
    “Here’s a cane what am a cane!”

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/12/million-volt-zap-cane-is-like-real-world-lightsaber/

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  18. Moe Tom

    January 5th, 2013

    Pickled Liver: You won’t hear from the reverends or obummer on this one. He’s no haavaard professor. Just a poor old Negro. Probably a WW11 vet. Would like to find out his background. But then again, probably an obummer voter. Low information voters.

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  19. Unruly Refugee

    January 5th, 2013

    If they can’t kill them with 0bamacare they can harass them until they give up the will to live.

    Respect your elders or you forfeit your own wisdom.

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  20. Unruly Refugee

    January 5th, 2013

    @RosalindJ

    The last time I drove through Denver I got three automated tickets mailed to me because I thought the new toll booths on 470 were not opened yet. They were empty. I don’t think I will ever return to Denver. The Rocky Mountains are the only thing Colorado has going for it. It’s even illegal to collect rain water in CO. The state owns the rain.

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  21. Nutjob

    January 5th, 2013

    I’ll bet the Denver PD cops that did this had military stlye flat top haircuts.

    Maybe its just me, but the ones I’ve seen like this like to dress all tactical like they are part of the SS with elite powers.

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  22. Dagney

    January 5th, 2013

    @Moe Tom,

    This will make you laugh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwKq9vY6wp8&t=49s

    !!

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  23. Moe Tom

    January 5th, 2013

    Dagney> That was freakin awesome. Thank you. Made my day with all this bullshit here in Rockland about gun control. Send it to IOTW.

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  24. Dagney

    January 5th, 2013

    I did; just wanted to make sure you’d see it; I knew you’d enjoy it!!

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