UPDATE: Community group demands answers from Mayor
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.