VIDEO: City Gives $500K Payday To Couple Who Turned Traffic Stop In Brawl

The city of Denver paid off a couple who planned to sue for excessive force after they fought during a traffic stop.

Denver, CO – The city of Denver agreed to pay $500,000 to settle an excessive force complaint by two people who behaved badly during a traffic stop and found themselves in handcuffs (video below).

The incident occurred on the evening of Jan. 26, 2017 when a Denver police officer tried to initiate a traffic stop on Kristyn Stonskas in the alley behind her home in East Colfax, the Denver Post reported.

Police bodycam video showed that Stonskas was already yelling at the police officer before she pulled into her driveway and stopped her car.

“She looks like she’s yelling at me,” the officer observed.

When the officer stopped his vehicle behind Stonskas, and the video showed her partner, Quinnel Steele, was standing there waiting for him.

The officer told Stonskas to stay in her vehicle and she immediately began arguing with him.

Steele joined the confrontation and placed himself between Stonskas and the officer, the video showed.

So the officer radioed for backup and continued to try and get through the traffic stop.

But Stonskas was screaming at him and telling the officer to “back the f--k up” as Steele yelled at another officer.

“Do you have your insurance on you?” the officer calmly asked the driver in the video.

“Yes, I do,” Stonskas screeched at him. “Would you back the f--k up and let me get in my car?”

“Why are you being so aggressive though?” Steele asked.

The officer said he wasn’t being aggressive.

“What the f--k is this?” Steele ranted. “You calling for backup for a white girl and a black dude? What? Cuz we stay in the hood? You act like this with Park Hill? Is that your district?”

The video showed Steele continued to berate the officer and told him “that badge don’t mean s--t” until Stonskas screamed at him to shut up while she hunted for her insurance papers.

The officer got into his car to run Stonskas’ information, but then he got out again and asked her to lower her voice as she continued screaming obscenities at another officer who had arrived on the scene, the video showed.

But Stonskas got even louder, ranting about how she had worked a 12-hour day before she got pulled over for “no reason.”

Steele joined in the spectacle, screaming to the officers that there was real crime happening in the neighborhood that they should care about.

“There’s motherf--kers running up and down this motherf--king… vandalizing cars. F----ts, motherf--king pedophiles f--king with kids. Y’all motherf--kers just drove down the street like she broke a real motherf--king law,” he yelled.

A moment later, the officer warned one of the officers who had just arrived to keep an eye on Steele, who he accurately described as “amped up” in the video.

Stonskas took exception to that description and began screaming obscenities at the officer again.

Then she walked over to where several other officers were calmly talking with Steele and tried to intervene. And that’s when everything went sideways.

The video showed an officer put his hand on Stonskas’ arm and she flipped out.

Another officer tried to grab her flailing arm and Stonskas began fighting harder and resisting arrest, the video showed.

As officers struggled with Stonskas, Steele jumped into the fray.

“Why are you doing this?” Steele asked as officer tried to handcuff him.

Officers took both suspects into custody but Stonskas never stopped shrieking obscenities at officers.

Steele sounded much calmer than his female counterpart, the video showed, but he continued complaining in the video.

“I don’t know why y’all just whooped the f--k out of me like I’m a real criminal,” he muttered as the officers walked him to the back of a waiting police car. “That was scandalous as f--k!”

“And I don’t got no warrants right now,” Steele added in the video.

Stonskas was charged with felony second-degree assault and Steele was charged with interference with police and resistance, which are both misdemeanors, the Denver Post reported.

Steele was found not guilty at trial, and the charge against Stonskas was later dismissed, but that wasn’t the end of things.

Their attorney, Michael Fairhurst, said his clients were both seriously injured during the traffic stop gone horrible wrong, the Denver Post reported.

Fairhurst said that Stonskas suffered a traumatic brain injury and a torn vertebra in her neck and was still in pain almost two years after the incident.

The attorney said that Steele had suffered a collapsed lung, a fractured rib, and a traumatic brain injury at the hands of the Denver Police Department, the Denver Post reported.

The city agreed to settle with Stonskas and Steele for a half a million dollars before the couple had even filed a lawsuit.

Fairhurst credited that move to bodycam footage, the Denver Post reported.

“This case is yet another unfortunate example of Denver taxpayers footing the heavy bill for officers of the Denver Police Department who subject innocent citizens to excessive force with impunity,” he said in a press statement on Tuesday, according to KMGH.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING - Language:

Comments (79)
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Hunter Riley
Hunter Riley

Amazing...a white girl screaming racism because she's sleeping with a black guy....uh oh DUCK...RACIST WHITE CLOUDS ARE HEADED RIGHT FOR YOU

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I don't get it.... what happened in the criminal case where the jury was able to convict based on the video evidence? Something doesn't add up.... But once the DA lost the criminal case, they have little to no defense in a civil one.

Assuming their injuries are accurate, it does appear that there might been an excessive force use by the cops. Yes, they were resisting, however, a TBI and a collapsed lung is serious trauma..... Personally, I would have love to have seen the results of the drug test as well.

Shepard
Shepard

Wow

floridacop
floridacop

going by the video I guess the injuries happen when the film was dark unless I missed I didn't see where the injuries came from

DC-TX
DC-TX

Too bad the city settled. Those two boneheads are directly responsible for the entire incident. They could have chosen the civilized route, but instead chose the asshole route. Those are serious injuries if they are legit. But damn, guess what, when you choose to scuffle with police officers, sometimes unfortunate shit happens.

Justretired
Justretired

If injuries they say rgey suffered occurred they were moving, acting fine after cuffs were on. Could've happened when cam went blk. Pretty serious injuries if true.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Way to go city of Denver ~~ agreeing to pay $500,000 to settle an excessive force complaint -- Which CLEARLY was the fault of the two Ghetto Trash !! and way to go Supporting your Officers -- what a Bunch of SPINLESS POS City of Denver is !!!! Now you have made it known that these ANIMALS can do this and get a Ghetto Lottery Pay out and don't even have to go to court !! What F*cking Idiot Morons you are !!! Officers you deserve MUCH BETTER then this -- Walk off the Job and let the ANIMALS take over !!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

NWA and a WWA = lots of poor attitude

LEO0301
LEO0301

The message has been sent - if you're a police officer stopping a car for a traffic infraction and the occupants cause a ruckus, let them go. Better than handing over half a million for doing your job.

gfc1963
gfc1963

And you wonder why people act up?? This must get shown around the hood and let people know how to act in a stop. And the City were pussies for paying out. Show the body cam footage to a court and they will see ehat happened.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

What is wrong with people these days? This widespread and complete disrespect for authority and having to use two vulgarities in every spoken sentence used to be very rare.

Our standards of conduct and acceptable behavior have really deteriorated, and it is just one symptom of a society that is starting to collapse, perhaps.

It's speculation on my part, but it would seem to be due to the breakdown of proper upbringing by two responsible human parents (if you get raised by wolves, you tend to act like one), poor education, not having a job where your conduct matters immensely, jobs going overseas, the lack of respect for religion and country, social media, the welfare state, and stuff like that.

It really needs fixing, and it is beyond me at how to do it. Whatever we do, it will probably take more than a generation to implement successfully.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

So if I act up and act like a complete lowlife like LOW IQ I can collect some bucks ...If I come here illegally I get free whatever, If I am a black criminal I am a martyr , ........Its getting to be serious F'd up values out there. And here I was thinking get a high level degree, work hard , buy a home, dont get arrested, .....and yet complete asshole shmucks are getting rewarded for true shit behaviors . Rod Serling was right ...this is getting to be a Twilight Zone.

tfort
tfort

First, the cop assaulted her by putting his hands on her. Being loud and holding cops accountable is not a crime.

NO GUILTY CHARGES DROPPED

These cops can't go around breaking the law and treating citizens like this and expect to not have to pay.

tfort
tfort

It is still not clear to me why she was even stopped.

Combat vet83
Combat vet83

I would have towed that car too.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

The only thing I ever got back in the day for disruptive behaviour and obscenities was the constitutional guarantee that my Dad would learn of my poor judgement. This was accompanied by a corrective penalty; my ass was kicked into a galaxy far, far away. He had an allergy to bullshit. I appreciate it now.

Les_gpt
Les_gpt

The female was wrong starting out. The first officer supposedly being a professional should have limited his interaction with her once she started responded to the second officer. Had the first officer stopped engaging the female the stop would have continued to completion.

  1. Who do cops continue aggravating citizens when allowing another officer take lead?
  2. Why do cops think its ok to break law while supposedly upholding others?
Janken
Janken

Crime does pay. To bad. That sure is alot of money for a few minutes of ???

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

By the 2 minute mark both idiots should have been arrested.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

The black guy is like HCD, all talk.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

That woman sounds like she had a traumatic brain injury long before that traffic stop.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

Folk this country has gone to shit and is not recoverable people like lcd have screwed this country over

NomonK
NomonK

There may not be a law against loudmouth fowl language but here is my solution. VERBAL ASSAULT should be Chargeable like a Physical Assault. If these two asshats had acted in a civilized manner there wouldn't have been a problem. One commenter said the cop put his hands on her first and assaulted her. Only a lawbreaker would see it that way. I saw a cop try to stop her from acting aggressive towards his partner. Because a higher percentage of Crime happens in minority areas there is and needs to be more policing in those neighborhoods. Oh gosh now I'll be called a Racist which I am not. But facts are facts. The city should not have paid.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Did the city officials who paid these two assholes even watch the video??? These two idiots should not have recieved a penny. They caused the incident. Sad.👎

ColleenC
ColleenC

Yet another case of not doing what the police ask you to do, ends in an arrest. She should get another job if they are making her work 12 hrs.

cpd1973
cpd1973

I hope their money all goes to pain meds.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Wow, I wouldn’t want to come home every night to that screeching woman

Dochayes
Dochayes

Both sides are in the wrong.

61mouse
61mouse

Now I know why she is with a.black guy . There isn't a white guy that stupid .

61mouse
61mouse

I love how you can hear him say call my mom

Haltech007
Haltech007

"Stonskas was charged with felony second-degree assault and Steele was charged with interference with police and resistance, which are both misdemeanors, the Denver Post reported." How is FELONY assault a MISDEMEANOR?

Myopiniononly
Myopiniononly

There’s another green light motivator to the thugs of this city to resist LEO’s! Bad costly move Denver! My opinion only! Stay healthy and alive all LEO’s and I thank you greatly!

fukblulives
fukblulives

OMG YOU PPL IN THESE COMMENTS ARE IGNORANT .. CLEARLY STATES Neither Kristyn Stonskas nor Quennel Steele were convicted of any crime following their 2017 arrests. ANYONE EVER HEARD OF YOUR 1ST

AMENDMENT RIGHTS? THESE PPL STOOD UP FOR THERE SELVES. POLICE ARE HIRES HIT MEN NOW. NO MORE PEACE OFFICER..HIRED KILLERS. EVERYONE IN THESE COMMENTS NEEDS TO TRY AND STAND UP FRO YOUR SELVES INSTEAD OF KISSING THE POLICES ASS HOLES. FUCK BLUE LIVES.