for Victims and Witnesses
About the Incident
If there were any photographs, videos, or audio recordings made, give
names, addresses and phone numbers of people who will have these:
About the participants. (If the incident involved more than one police officer or victim, use additional copies of this page. If there are more than one victim or officer and you donít know their names, call them Victim1, Victim2, Victim3, Officer1, Officer2, Officer3, etc.
Did a commanding officer arrive during the incident or was a one consulted?
Did you get the name?
What happened leading up to the incident?
What was going on when police arrived?
Did the officers identify themselves?
Then what happened? What did the victim do? What did the officer do?
Were orders given (to disperse, lie down, etc.)? Who issued the order and what did they say? Did you or others have trouble hearing the order? If so, why?
What did the officer and victim say during and after the incident?
Did you hear the officer use swear words or hate speech (racist, sexist, or anti-gay words)? Did the officer say anything that was rude, unfair, or untrue? What tones of voice did people use?
Did the officer treat the victim disrespectfully? Describe.
Did the officer ask permission to search any person or place (bag, car, home)? How did the victim respond? What did the officer do then?
Did you see violence? Who was involved? What kind of violence was used
(slap, punch, kick, arm-twisting, chokehold, pepper spray, nightstick,
gunshot)? How many times was the victim struck? What part of the body
was targeted? What position was the victim in (standing, bent over, kneeling,
or lying down)? Was the victim handcuffed or being held down?
About injuries to Victim
If victim died, where and when did it happen?
Describe any ambulance or medical staff which came (name, license plate,
Name, address, and phone numbers of anyone with photographs or videotape
of victimís injuries (during or after the incident).
Was anyoneís property damaged or taken away? When and how?
Did the officer search the wrong person or place (car, home)? Was the wrong person arrested?
Was there a warrant? What person or place was specified in the warrant?
Did it appear that police stopped the victim because of race, income
level, hair, tattoos, or any other personal profile?
How long has the victim lived in Fort Collins? If they donít live here, describe their relationship to Fort Collins (work, come on weekends, just visitingÖ)
How many times has the victim been stopped, questioned, detained, and/or arrested by police in Fort Collins?
How many times in the last year has the victim been stopped, questioned, detained, and/or arrested by police in Fort Collins?
Anything else the victim would like to add about their experience with
law enforcement in Fort Collins?
Go back to the scene of the incident and draw a diagram of the area.
Show where you were during the incident. Show where the victim and officer
were. Put in other landmarks like signs, parked cars, fences, benches,
etc. Use arrows to show where people moved.