In reference to the Bill Lueders article: that was a clear trash piece. It's a one-sided editorial that has been used as fact by local news outlets since this tragedy occurred.
I pulled up the police incident report for this case when the Lueders piece came out (unfortunately I can't find it anymore, so I'm going off memory...if somebody else knows how to find it I'd appreciate it). The man who was arrested had a record of violence combined with alcohol. And keep in mind that the cops didn't simply storm in and start beating on a guy at the bar, they were called in because he was drunk and hit somebody on the head with a pint glass, then he resisted arrest. He was inebriated, violent and dangerous.
Lueders glossed over this side of the story:
But Tyler Kneubuehl, an employee of State Street Brats who was present that night, feels the cops used appropriate force. "He was refusing to go," Kneubuehl says of Bauer. "He was putting up a fight."
Note that both Lueders and Olson (Bauer's attorney) did not even contact the "victim" for his side, because nobody knows where he is:
Bauer was charged with substantial battery, bail jumping and resisting or obstructing an officer. He pleaded no contest to the battery and bail-jumping charges, both felonies, and was sentenced to five years of probation; the resisting charge was dismissed. Olson does not know Bauer's current whereabouts.
Also please note the original incident occurred in 2006. The entire thing was settled in Jan. 2009. Lueders' polarizing piece came out in August of 2010......and from what I can gather online, his book came out in September of 2010.
Take all of that as you will. I take it as Lueders victimizing a criminal, which he has done repeatedly in his writing. That article alone got 18 comments on the Isthmus website (much higher than average) and in doing so he ramped up some publicity for his book.