Video shows Arapahoe sheriff grabbing man’s throat during altercation

Tyler Brown’s actions called 'irresponsible,' but he will not face charges


A recent video posted to social media by local news channels shows Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown grab a man by the throat during an altercation at a restaurant in Greenwood Village last month.

Even before the video surfaced to the public, the Denver District Attorney’s Office announced on Sept. 9 that it would not pursue criminal charges against Brown for the incident, which took place on Aug. 21 at Pindustry, a restaurant and entertainment venue.

In her statement, District Attorney Beth McCann said those involved, including Brown, had been drinking and so did not have reliable testimonies. She also said those who could be considered victims of Brown did not wish to proceed with criminal charges.

Brown claims he was defending his wife after a man asked for her number. Shortly after grabbing the man’s throat, another man can be seen running towards Brown and punching him in the head. The altercation ended with a man lying on the floor.

“Having concluded that criminal charges are not warranted, I want to make it clear that the behavior of Sheriff Brown in this situation was irresponsible and unprofessional for an elected sheriff,” McCann said in a statement.

In response to McCann’s decision, Brown thanked the district attorney for an unbiased review.

“This was an unfortunate event that put the sheriff in the unwelcome position of having to protect and defend his wife. Sheriff Brown trusts the legal process and is looking forward to putting these events behind him,” the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement to Colorado Community Media.

As sheriff, Brown oversees a staff of 700 throughout Arapahoe County. He was elected to the position in November 2018 and has served since January 2019.


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