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Sunday, June 12, 2011

[CO] Bruised-necked Officer Huffman's normal victim tug-of-war set Officer Martinez free and caused her own arrest

...Deputy District Attorney Mike Fisher told the jury that Huffman was experiencing an internal “tug of war” over the incident, something not uncommon in domestic violence incidents...

Colorado Springs Police Officer Sydney Huffman didn't want to admit she broke her own restraining order the night she ended up with bruises on her neck being treated in a hospital. She lied, making up another scenario. The truth and the lie crashed into each other, Manitou Springs Police Officer Jarrott Martinez was acquitted, and now it is she who is under arrest.

...Sydney Rose Huffman said she later felt bad about agreeing to meet Jarrott Paul Martinez that night at a time when she had a restraining order against him. “If I hadn’t met him, none of this would have happened...

Excerpt from last year before Martinez's acquittal:

...The detective who later took Huffman’s report at Memorial Hospital said he saw bruise marks on her neck. She was coughing and had difficulty swallowing and turning her head, he said. Police said Martinez had a history of violence toward Huffman and other family members, including three previous strangulation incidents. Huffman said there were also unreported incidents in which Martinez held firearms to her head and to her father’s head. She also told police that Martinez had previously threatened to kill both of them and added “that if she ever called police he would kill her before the police would arrive”...

There's something very sad and unsettling between the lines for victims who are also officers.

CURRENT NEWS:

COLORADO SPRINGS OFFICER HUFFMAN FACES CHARGE OF ATTEMPTING TO INFLUENCE A PUBLIC SERVANT
The Associated Press
June 11, 2011
[Excerpts] A Colorado Springs police officer is due in court Monday to be advised she faces a charge of attempting to influence a public servant. Prosecutors say Sydney Huffman was arrested Friday. Formal charges haven't been filed yet... 24-year-old Huffman told police last year that her estranged boyfriend Jarrott Martinez, who is a former Manitou Springs officer, had strangled her after trying to talk her out of testifying against him in a restraining order case. Martinez' lawyer contends Huffman lied about the incident. Martinez was acquitted of charges earlier this year... [Full article here]

SPRINGS POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED ON FELONY CHARGE
The Colorado Springs Gazette
Joel Millman and Tom Roeder
June 10, 2011
[Excerpts] A Colorado Springs police officer who accused a former Manitou Springs cop of assault last year has been arrested for allegedly lying to authorities. The 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of Springs police officer Sydney Huffman on Friday, saying she was held on investigation of attempting to influence a public servant. Huffman claimed to be the victim in a June 9, 2010 attack by former Manitou Springs policeman Jarrott Martinez... Now, authorities say Huffman, a decorated three-year veteran of the department may have misled investigators as the alleged victim in an unspecified a domestic violence case. Police declined to release details of the Huffman case, but the information they did release coincides with Huffman’s allegations against Martinez. Police say they learned of the issue on April 21, then turned over the investigation to the DA’s Office... The case against Martinez was hampered by inconsistencies in Huffman’s account. She first told police that Martinez pulled up behind her car and forced her into the parking lot, but later said she had agreed to meet him there. In court, Martinez defense attorney Daniel Deters told jurors that Martinez was not in the parking lot that night and Huffman lied about the entire incident... Huffman was held in the El Paso County jail Friday in lieu of a $20,000 bond on investigation of the Class 4 felony. She is on paid administrative leave pending the filing of formal charges... [Full article here]

NEW DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT ARRESTED OFFICER: A Springs police officer has been arrested on felony charges. The arrest involves two separate cases in which the officer may have lied.
KKTV
Jun 11, 2011
[Excerpts] ...11 News has obtained court records that show [Springs police officer Sydney] Huffman was the plaintiff in a restraining order and domestic abuse case year. The case involved former Manitou Springs officer Jarrott Martinez, who Huffman later accused of trying to strangle her. Martinez' lawyer maintained that Huffman lied about the incident; Martinez was acquitted of charges this year. CSPD said in a statement that the department began to question Huffman's story after the failed prosecution. "There's probably not a group of people more disappointed about this outside of any victims than the police department itself. We do want to let the community know that we're going to be honest and transparent," Colorado Springs Sgt. Steve Noblitt said... 11 News will continue to place calls to CSPD to get further information. [Full article here]

EXCERPTS FROM EARLIER ARTICLES:

EX-MANITOU SPRINGS COP ACCUSED OF STRANGLING FORMER GIRLFRIEND
The Colorado Springs Gazette
John C. Ensslin
August 11, 2010
[Excerpts] A former Manitou Springs police officer has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he strangled his ex-girlfriend and fellow officer after forcing her off the road in Colorado Springs. Jarrott Paul Martinez, 30, is accused of second-degree assault, intimidating a witness, false imprisonment and violating a restraining order in the June 9 incident... At the time, Martinez was a Manitou Springs officer. However, his lawyer indicated in June that he had left the force... [Sydney Rose Huffman] said they both parked. Martinez came over to her car and after a brief conversation she agreed to get into the cab of his pickup. Once inside, she said he activated the locks on the doors. Huffman said Martinez began to blame her for his financial problems and the possibility of him losing his job. He asked her not to testify in a pending misdemeanor case. To appease him, she agreed not to testify against him. When she tried to get out, Huffman said Martinez grabbed her by the neck with both hands. “I began to get dizzy and saw black dots,” she later told a Colorado Springs detective. “It felt as though my eyes were going to pop out of my head. I thought this was it. He would finally kill me and get away with it.” Huffman said she briefly blacked out. When she came to, she said Martinez began to cry, apologized for what he had done and leaned over to kiss her. She kicked him, got out of the truck and fled. The detective who later took Huffman’s report at Memorial Hospital said he saw bruise marks on her neck. She was coughing and had difficulty swallowing and turning her head, he said. Police said Martinez had a history of violence toward Huffman and other family members, including three previous strangulation incidents. Huffman said there were also unreported incidents in which Martinez held firearms to her head and to her father’s head. She also told police that Martinez had previously threatened to kill both of them and added “that if she ever called police he would kill her before the police would arrive.” Following a preliminary hearing Tuesday, 4th Judicial District Judge David L. Shakes found there was enough evidence for Martinez to be tried. The judge set a Jan. 11 trial date... [Full article here]

SPRINGS POLICE OFFICER CLAIMS EX-BOYFRIEND STRANGLED HER: Defendant was a Manitou cop at the time
The Colorado Springs Gazette
John C. Ensslin
January 31, 2011
[Excerpts] A Colorado Springs police officer testified Monday that her ex-boyfriend - who was then a Manitou police officer – strangled her in his pickup in a restaurant parking lot. But Sydney Rose Huffman said she later felt bad about agreeing to meet Jarrott Paul Martinez that night at a time when she had a restraining order against him. “If I hadn’t met him, none of this would have happened,” Huffman said... She had a gun in her holster at the time, but did not draw it. Deputy District Attorney Michael Fisher asked her why not. “I have no family. Jarrott’s all I had,” she said. “He’s not somebody that I’d try to fight. He’s no stranger to me. With him, I couldn’t do that.” Martinez’s lawyer Daniel Deters questioned Huffman about statements she gave to a Colorado Springs detective about two weeks after the incident. In those statements, Huffman said she wanted to help Martinez and “work out a plan of how we could do it.” When Deters asked what she meant by that, Huffman said she didn’t remember... [Full article here]

JURY ACQUITS EX-MANITOU COP ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING COP
The Colorado Springs Gazette
John C. Ensslin
February 03, 2011 2:21 PM
[Excerpts] A jury Thursday acquitted a former Manitou Springs police officer who’d been accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend, a Colorado Springs police officer. A nine-woman, three-man jury took about three hours to find Jarrott Paul Martinez not guilty of second-degree assault, intimidating a witness, false imprisonment and violating a restraining order in the June 9 incident involving Sydney Rose Huffman in a parking lot at 5430 E. Woodmen Ave. Martinez hugged his defense attorney Daniel Deters... “It’s a very gratifying victory to know that the defense evidence, such as it was, exonerated Mr. Martinez,” Deters said... The prosecution’s case, however, was complicated by the fact that Colorado Springs police later discovered that part of Huffman’s original account was not true. Initially, Huffman, 24, told a detective that Martinez had come up behind her car in his pickup and forced her to pull into the parking lot. Later police determined that they had agreed to meet there. Deputy District Attorney Mike Fisher told the jury that Huffman was experiencing an internal “tug of war” over the incident, something not uncommon in domestic violence incidents. “She doesn’t want people to know what happened to her,” Fisher said in his closing argument. “She doesn’t even want you to know.” But he urged the jury to focus on the physical evidence, particularly a photograph taken after she went to the hospital the next day with bruises on her neck. Fisher cited the testimony of one nurse who said in her opinion, “she (Huffman) could have died from what happened to her.” Deters told the jury his client was not in the parking lot that night and that the incident never happened... [Full article here]
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10 comments:

  1. AnonymousJune 15, 2011

    Thank God some one is posting for Syd! I am disgusted about all the things I have read about him being the victim! And now he wants to try to sue her! Praying that God will watch over her and let the public see him for who he really is!!

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  2. You get the feeling that any EVIDENCE doesn't even matter.

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  3. The public WILL see because it's evident that he has a PATTERN of behavior.

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  4. COPS EX-BOYFRIEND SUING CITY AND TWO SPRINGS POLICE OFFICERS
    NewsFirst5
    Posted: Jun 15, 2011 8:58 PM by Carolyn Carver
    [Excerpts] ...Right now we're only hearing one side, her ex-boyfriends, Jarrot Martinez, formally a police officer with the Manitou Springs, Cripple Creek and Westminster forces. In the lawsuit, his lawyer says "as vengeance for terminating their romantic relationship, Huffman used her position within the police department to manufacture numerous false charges against Martinez." The lawsuit goes onto call Martinez the "victim of a conspiracy involving false charges, false arrest and malicious prosecution..." by two Colorado Springs police officers... Now her ex wants both the cops involved held responsible for "false imprisonment" "malicious intent" and "malicious prosecution" that would violate his 4th amendment... http://www.newsfirst5.com/news/cops-ex-boyfriend-suing-city-and-two-springs-police-officers/

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  5. He was "blindsided." That's the term Sgt. Sam Parker used - along with "Waco'd" when he was lying about not killing his wife Theresa Parker. It's the term police use when they are blaming police for accusing them unfairly. This reporter may as well have said that Officer Huffman choked herself until her neck turned blue. Go to the page and see the video. I can't say Martinez IS lying but I can say I think he is. Parent's intuition.

    FORMER OFFICER SPEAKS OUT SAYING HE WAS FALSELY ACCUSED: A Colorado Springs police officer reportedly made false accusations that have permanently tainted one man's life, according to Jarrott Martinez.
    kktv.com
    Karen Morfitt KMorfitt@kktv.com
    Posted: 11:30 PM Jun 15, 2011
    Updated: 6:17 AM Jun 16, 2011
    [Excerpts] ..."It was just very confusing, I was very blindsided. I thought maybe it was just a misunderstanding and I didn't understand that someone was trying to purposely hurt me,” Martinez said. The former Marine was living his life-long dream of becoming an officer, working for the Manitou Springs Police Department, until he had it all ripped way. "Everything I’ve ever worked for, everything I’ve ever believed in, everything I’ve ever tried to do positive has been undone by people I thought were their to protect me," he said... Martinez's lawyers were able to prove her allegations were false in court. Martinez says still CSPD continuously pursued him based on the charges they knew were false...http://www.kktv.com/news/headlines/Former_Officer_Falsely_Accused_Speaks_Out_123975374.html?ref=374

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  6. AnonymousJune 17, 2011

    I am so glad to see support for Sydney. I've known her for many years and will be beside her No matter what it takes to help her get thru this!

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  7. AnonymousJune 21, 2011

    I have tried emailing news stations and nobody seems to want to hear it. I am so dissapointed in the media for not being responsible. It is their job as journalists to report the facts, and the fact is they are failing. So what if she didnt have exact times and dates? She didnt injure herself, and the abuse started long ago. Not just a couple months ago like they say. Get your facts straight before you crucify a true victim!!

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  8. AnonymousJuly 23, 2011

    According to the articles I have read, Sydney's roomate said that she was home the evening of the incident. Also they had video of Jarrott at a mall that day with his current girlfriend. You are not posting all the facts. They have proved that he was not with her that day at all. I do believe there should be justice for domestic violence when it happens but nobody is reporting all the facts in this case. She is not in trouble for getting a few of her facts wrong. They are proving that her story is mostly false.

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  9. COP ACCUSED OF FALSE REPORTING CLAIMS DA BIASED
    November 30, 2011 12:02 PM
    LANCE BENZEL
    THE GAZETTE
    [Excerpts] Suspended Colorado Springs police officer Sydney Huffman is the victim of prosecutors who sided with her abuser after two juries acquitted him of domestic violence, a defense attorney told a judge today. “There’s not a case that we can find in Colorado or anywhere else where the district attorney’s office has turned on its victim,” said Lara Marks of Denver. Huffman, 24, faces six felony counts of attempting to influence a public official after being accused of lying about a series of alleged attacks by an ex-boyfriend, former Manitou Springs Police Officer Jarrott Martinez... Huffman admitted on the stand that she made up the story about being forced into the parking lot. She told jurors she agreed to meet Martinez but had been ashamed to admit it because she felt guilty for ignoring the restraining order she took out on him... [Full article here]

    CITY TO PAY $480000 TO FORMER MANITOU COP
    Colorado Springs Gazette
    January 13, 2012 3:30 PM
    [Excerpts] Colorado Springs officials agreed on Thursday to pay $480,000 to a former Manitou Springs police officer to settle a lawsuit alleging two of the city’s police officers repeatedly drew up fraudulent charges to put him in jail. The settlement comes seven months after Jarrott Martinez filed suit in U.S. District Court against the city and two of its police officers, Sydney Huffman and Michael Jelmo... The charges were drummed up when Martinez left Huffman in April 2010 for another woman, the suit alleges...Martinez hasn’t returned to law enforcement due to a permanent restraining order that Huffman obtained against him that keeps him from carrying a gun... “He believes that this experience will help him become a better cop and be sensitive to the rights of everyone” ... [Full article here]

    COLORADO SPRINGS PAYS $480,000 TO SETTLE SUIT: Martinez Sued City, Claiming He Was Victim Of Conspiracy, False Charges
    KMGH Denver
    Tak Landrock
    January 13, 2012
    [Excerpts] ...Martinez is trying to move on with his life. He is married and has moved away from Colorado Springs. Martinez doesn’t know if he will ever return to law enforcement. "I saw the other side," he said, talking about being in jail. "People that needed to be there and people that didn’t need to be there. I saw a system that didn’t care what it did to people"... [Full article here]

    I think I hear the "I got WACO'd." Officers who see officers as the enemy too often end up in standoffs.

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  10. Some foul mouthed hate-full person is looking here going, "Hey, where's my comment?"

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