Jury to decide Smith vs. Town of Kremmling

Jury to decide Smith vs. Town of Kremmling

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photo by Kim Cameron (L to R) Peter Foor, Robert “Mark” Smith and Glenn Gray outside of the Byron White United States Courthouse in Denver. Both Foor and Gray provided testimony on behalf of Smith.
photo by Kim Cameron (L to R) Peter Foor, Robert “Mark” Smith and Glenn Gray outside of the Byron White United States Courthouse in Denver. Both Foor and Gray provided testimony on behalf of Smith.

Robert “Mark” Smith, the owner of Eagle’s Nest Trailer Park on Highway 40, filed a civil suit against the Town of Kremmling in 2015 for an incident involving Kremmling police officers in 2013.

He states his disputes with the Town over water taps and billing began when he purchased his trailer park in 1997. However, the dispute escalated in 2008. Then in 2013 when a welfare check was requested for a woman residing with him, Smith believes he was unfairly targeted because of his protests against the Town. He ascertains when Kremmling Police Officer Bob Dillon requested back-up from fellow Kremmling officer Todd Willson and Grand County Sheriff’s Office to complete the welfare check it was prejudicial in nature and unnecessary. The call resulted in Smith being tackled and taken to the ground by Officer Willson, Grand County Sheriff deputies Dan Mayer and Zachary Luchs. Smith then filed a civil suit two years later. Officer Dillon counters that with Smith’s history of threats and intimidating demeanor, he acted responsibly and with concern for everyone’s safety.

The suit is now in federal court under Judge Richard P. Matsch at the Byron White United States Courthouse in Denver. The 12 person jury is expected to reach its conclusion by Friday of this week.

The Grand Gazette will have a complete article after the jury’s decision.

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