Anger about police maltreatment of people of colour has been stoked by a video showing a Colorado police officer pistol-whipping and choking a black man during an arrest.
When responding to a trespassing call, Aurora Police Officer John Haubert was arrested on accusations of attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and felony menacing after he was located with multiracial man who identifies as black, Kyle Vinson.
Reid Elkus, Haubert’s lawyer, has promised to “zealously defend” his client. It is claimed that another officer on the scene did nothing to stop the offender. Haubert is seen threatening to shoot Vinson, striking him with his gun, and choking him in body camera footage.
Vinson can be heard on the video yelling, “You’re killing me” as Haubert exerts tremendous pressure on him. The sniper Haubert warned them not to move in case they were shot. Activists who wish to draw attention to a police force that has been dogged by claims of misconduct in recent years, most recently the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, are outraged by the tape.
Reopen the Investigation
McClain was detained by police in August of 2019 after a 911 caller reported a strange male. Paramedics threw the 23-year-old to the ground, locked him in a neckhold, and shot him with 500 mg of ketamine. Sadly, he passed away a little over a week later.
After the murder of black man George Floyd, authorities decided to reopen the investigation.
It’s not about Elijah or Kyle by themselves. Lindsay Minter, a high school track coach and member of the city’s police task team, emphasised that the issue affected the entire community. The youngsters I coach all say the same thing: “If you come into Aurora, you leave on probation.” Period. These people don’t feel secure.
The attorney for Elijah McClain’s father and estate, Mari Newman, said that she also represented the family of another young Black guy, Jamaal Bonner, who was shot three times in the back by Aurora police nearly 20 years ago. In order to make their force “more like the community they’re policing,” she added, the police department had to settle the case by agreeing to alter its training and recruitment practises.
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The city of Aurora “went on to continue brutalising Black and brown bodies for decades” despite these “legally enforceable pledges,” as Newman put it. Thanks for reading our article Violent Arrest of Black Man Angers Colorado Community.