Denver police have done it again, locking up another innocent person, this time, for eight days — after messing up an arrest warrant.
The latest victim is Metro State student Muse Jama, 27.
In September, he was studying for a biology exam at his Denver apartment when two officers came knocking. They were after a suspect named Ahmed Alia in connection with an auto theft months earlier.
You've got the wrong guy, explained Jama, who offered his student ID, Social Security card and driver's license to prove it.
He was handcuffed, then hauled off for seven nights in jail where he was strip-searched, booked as Ahmed Alia and forced to answer to that name.
A judge finally lifted the charges when a prosecutor looked at a mug shot of Alia and concluded that Jama "is obviously not this individual."
If the police had Alia’s mug shot then they would also have his fingerprints on file. There really is no excuse for these kinds of mistakes. Now Jama will probably sue the city and win a settlement that will come out of taxpayer’s pockets, and yet again, expect no real discipline of the police involved. If you live in Denver, you better hope that your name is not similar to a criminals, or similar to a criminals alias, because apparently the police either do not look at you when they arrest you or they do not look at the picture of the person they are supposed to be arresting.