Durango police search video of confrontation at transgender march

Durango police seek video of confrontation at transgender march

The Durango Police Division is looking for video proof from a confrontation at a transgender rights march held Sunday in downtown Durango that resulted in a 59-year-old Farmington man being arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

Investigators say Wesley Devilbiss was consuming on the out of doors patio part at Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant within the 900 block of Fundamental Avenue when he started confronting individuals within the march.

Devilbiss is then accused of ripping the face masks off one lady, and throwing one other lady who tried to interrupt up the combat to the bottom.

Devilbiss, who investigators say was intoxicated, continued to be belligerent when officers confirmed up. He was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

The Durango Police Division posted to social media Thursday that the division is extra expenses in opposition to Devilbiss.

“We are aware that multiple people possibly took cellphone video of the incident. If you have cellphone video of the incident, please contact Officer Connor Lowande at 970-764-5365,” the submit stated.

Durango police stated officers spent greater than an hour on-scene interviewing victims and witnesses, even making follow-up telephone calls later that evening.

Cmdr. Ray Shupe stated beforehand Devilbiss was not charged with assault as a result of there have been no accidents to the victims, and he wasn’t charged with any type of hate crime as a result of there was no proof he made derogatory feedback.

Nevertheless it seems there may be an outcry for Devilbiss to be extra critically charged.

“Problem is, the evidence so far simply does not support the charges that people on social media want,” Durango police wrote on social media. “The state charge of assault does require injury. … The officers went with the charge they knew they could articulate based on their evidence.

“The officers realized that Mr. Devilbiss would continue to be a problem, so they problem-solved and took him away from the situation and to jail. If a person that was on-scene has evidence that will support amending or adding charges, we will take a look and consider it.”


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