Lawsuit against US alledges Army Color Guard soldier was drunk on duty, drunkenly beat man at rodeo

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A Colorado man is filing a federal lawsuit against the government after he claimed he was knocked out by a drunken member of Fort Carson’s Color Guard.

Brandon Bunton filed a lawsuit yesterday with the US District Court in Denver, naming the United States as the defendant.

Seeking financial compensation for permanent physical impairment, employment losses and medical expenses, Bunting says that the Army Cavalry Color Guard members had engaged in heavy drinking prior to one of their members assaulting him at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in July of last year.

“Members and supervisors of the Army Color Guard negligently began drinking to the point of extreme intoxication beginning in the morning, and were intoxicated while in uniform and while they were performing during the Rodeo,” the lawsuit read.

Drinking through the night and on until the morning hours, one member of the unit -David Benavides- became confrontational with Bunting and other civilians, knocking Bunting to the ground, beating him until he was unconscious.

According to The Denver Post, Benavides’ supervisor -Sergeant Daniel Martin- and his comrades just watched as the drunken soldier continued to beat the civilian. Two civilian witnesses also went on record to say that Benavides initiated the fight.

Bunting suffered permanent injuries and impairment, which reportedly impacted his work abilities.

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