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Denver officers appeal terminations for beating

DENVER - Two Denver police officers fired for lying about their involvement in a beating outside a downtown bar have appealed their terminations.

The Denver Post reports Monday's appeal means a district judge must determine if the city's Civil Service Commission overstepped its bounds when it ruled in December that Officer Devin Sparks and Cpl. Randy Murr should stay off the job.

A city surveillance camera captured Sparks throwing Michael DeHerrera down and slamming the door on his ankle while placing him in a squad car in April 2009.

The officers were suspended, but the light punishment sparked a public outcry that led police to reopen the investigation. The officers were then fired, reinstated and fired again before appealing to a Civil Service Commission panel, which upheld Sparks' termination but reversed Murr's.

The full commission then ruled that both officers were rightly fired.

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