Video evidence released in Loveland City Manager criminal case – Loveland Reporter-Herald | Episode Movies

Citing “misinformation and disinformation” in the criminal harassment case against Loveland City manager Steve Adams, complainant Stacy Lynne hosted a public gathering on Thursday to show video evidence used by prosecutors and to answer questions about her encounter with Adams in the Larimer County Justice Center in March to answer.

“I have not been able to release any evidence because I would respect Steve Adams’ rights to due process and respect my own interests in privacy,” she said. “But it’s time. That’s why we’re here today.”

In front of a crowd of 35 to 40 people gathered at the Chilson Center, Lynne shared three videos from the day of the incident – one she filmed when it allegedly happened, another recorded by a witness and a third body worn camera footage of the Larim district MP responding to her initial complaint.

Lynne alleges Adams shoulder-shoved her as the two walked past in the lobby of the Larimer County Justice Center after a hearing March 29.

She later filed a complaint with the LCSO, and Adams was served with a criminal subpoena on June 9 on a harassment charge. He later joined the county’s pre-trial diversionary program and will complete 50 hours of community service and a conflict management course in exchange for the charges being dismissed.

None of the three shots show physical contact between Adams and Lynne, but in her clip, the city manager appears to walk straight towards her as she films him, and appears to walk very close to her.

Adams also appears to be looking directly at Lynne as he approaches her, which she says forms the basis of the molestation allegations. According to Lynne, harassment occurs when the person kicks, pushes, or hits someone with “intent to sound the alarm”.

“That’s a compelling intent,” she said of Adams’ facial expression in the video.

Immediately afterwards, Lynne continues recording while enlisting the help of a Larimer County state assemblyman to report that she was “examined on the shoulder by a city official.”

The second clip, from a witness who filmed from a different angle, shows that the Justice Center lobby was not particularly crowded at the time of the incident and that Adams would have had room to pass Lynne some distance away.

The body-worn camera footage was obtained by Deputy Brian Newton, who investigated Lynne’s complaint immediately afterwards. It features interviews with Lynne, who denied being hurt during the incident but reported being “scared.”

It also featured an interview with Adams, who denied any physical contact with Lynne.

“I didn’t touch her,” he says in response to Deputy Newton’s question. He then explains to Newton that his path was diverted to her by “traffic” in the lobby.

Lynne then read excerpts from witness interviews with select city council members and city employees who either deny knowledge of the incident or dispute Lynne’s version of events.

“To illustrate the mentality, bias and prejudice of certain city employees and councillors, their raw interviews will be posted on Facebook,” Lynne told the group in Chilson. “The public has a vested interest in knowing how their money is being used to conduct government business.”

She then answered questions from the audience, including one about surveillance cameras at the Justice Center and what they show. Unfortunately, according to Lynne, the incident happened out of sight of cameras in the lobby.

In response to another question, she also explained that the second video was from someone who had just decided to film “by accident.”

“He only shot because it was a pretty big day for Mayor Jacki Marsh,” Lynne explained. “She won her lawsuit, so there was a lot of excitement, a lot of people in the hallway and by no means was it crowded. So he just filmed to capture the energy of the crowd and the celebration.”

Marsh sued the city of Loveland earlier this year over an open record request that was ruled in her favor before the Lynne incident.

When the meeting ended, Lynne said that both the 8th District Attorney’s Office and the LCSO had done the right thing in the case and it was now up to the city government to do the right thing and fire the city manager for his criminal conduct.

“What’s going on with the people responsible for Mr. Adams is really shocking,” she said. “…Steve Adams needs to be removed. It’s a long process, but we’re getting there. And I don’t want you to get discouraged.”

When asked to comment on the videos, Adams replied that he had nothing further to say on the matter.

Adams is one of three staffers who report directly to the city council, and no formal action or discussion of his status has been made to date. At its regular Oct. 18 meeting, the council denied a request to schedule an executive meeting on the issue, instead deferring it to its upcoming semi-annual performance review, originally scheduled for Nov. 15.

However, the review meeting is not on the agenda for Tuesday. Marsh said it was postponed by request because one or more council members will be absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

In response, Marsh, who has urged timely action on the matter, said she will file a motion during new business to have Adams suspended from salary until the matter of his employment status is resolved.

“We need to discuss this,” she said. “And you have to remember that he’s a city employee and you have an obligation to treat him like anyone else, because otherwise you’re setting a very bad precedent.”

For more information about the case, or to view the videos and read interview excerpts, visit Stacy Lynne’s Facebook page.

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