Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202


News Release

October 24, 2018 Contact: Ken Lane, 720-913-9025

Police Officer Charged With Assault (Rodarte)


October 24, 2018

Contact: Ken Lane, 720-913-9025





Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has formally charged a Denver policer officer in connection with an alleged unlawful use of force incident.


Denver Police Sergeant Joseph Rodarte (dob: 01-03-1968) is charged with one count of second degree assault (F4).  He was charged today.


The charge alleges that, while on duty on August 22, 2018, after responding to an initial dispatch about a male yelling obscenities and in the course of pursuing and apprehending the suspect, Officer Rodarte approached and struck the male several times with his metal police baton, resulting in a broken nose, a broken leg, and other injuries.


Rodarte is scheduled to appear on October 29, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. in courtroom 2300 for 2nd  advisement.



The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual(s) committed a crime(s) under Colorado laws.  A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.     See Colo. RPC 3.6