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Aurora Police Under Fire For Handcuffing Kids and Held at Gun Point in Mistaken Identity

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The Aurora Police Department has apologized for screwing up so egregiously that it could take years of therapy to undo the mental trauma they forced on a Black family incorrectly suspected of stealing a vehicle. The women and young children who police targeted at gunpoint were handcuffed and forced to lie face-down on the roasting concrete of a mall parking lot, but they were riding in a car while the stolen vehicle cops were supposed to be looking for was instead a motorcycle.

In fact, the motorcycle in question had a Montana license plate while the car the Black family was in had Colorado plates. Purportedly, both vehicles shared the same license plate number.

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The family was headed out for a day at the nail salon when the life-changing incident took place Sunday in the suburb of Denver.

The entire incident was avoidable wth simple and basic police work that didn’t involve making any contact with the family that included a 6-year-old girl, let alone handcuffing them and detaining them in such an inhumane way. Of course, the incident was captured on video by an innocent bystander who recognized the cops’ treacherous treatment for what it was and said she felt compelled to document the abuse.

The video is hard to watch but even harder to listen to as the children can be heard wailing and crying over the police treatment that, again, was avoidable had cops been aware that they were looking for a stolen motorcycle, not a car filled with Black females.

The driver of the car the family was riding in told the Denver Post that even she, who is not a police officer, is aware of all the other ways that cops could have reacted to the situation better.

“There’s no excuse why you didn’t handle it a different type of way,” Brittney Gilliam said. “You could have even told them ‘step off to the side let me ask your mom or your auntie a few questions so we can get this cleared up.’ There was different ways to handle it.”

The Aurora police chief said she called and apologized directly to the family for what the department improbably still described in a statement as a “high-risk stop” that involved compliant misidentified suspects who never once posed a threat to the cops involved.

Did we mention that the Aurora Police Department is the same law enforcement agency that attacked Elijah McClain, an innocent Black man who was walking home from the store when cops stopped him last year for being “suspicious,” used a carotid chokehold on the 23-year-old, then claimed he was in “an “agitated mental state” that prompted paramedics to inject him with the sedative ketamine, inducing first a heart attack, then a coma and then his death.

McClain’s death was being revisited by officials after a petition called for another investigation.

Even James Holmes, a white man who waged a mass shooting inside a movie theater and killed 12 people in 2012, was treated with more courtesy and respect by the Aurora Police Department after his killing spree than how officers treated both McClain and the Black family incorrectly profiled this past weekend.

Even after months of Americans protesting police violence nationwide, these cops still thought this was the prudent way to go about enforcing the law.

It was the latest high-profile mixup for a police department since rogue cops in Lousiville botched a no-knock warrant and shot and killed Breonna Taylor in her sleep even though the suspect being sought was actually already in police custody.

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  1. Rich Allen

    August 4, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    I see no valid reason to excuse this inappropriate and dangerous behavior by police. I believe these actions were racially motivated because there was no credible belief that this family posed any threat to officers. Just because cops can do pretty much whatever they choose to do, because it is ” policy ” does not mean that common sense shouldn’t prevail. Additionally, ” policy ” is defined as ” a system of principles to guide decisions and achieve rational outcome ” [ from Wikipedia ] is not ” law ” which are rules of public contact that are enacted by and through lawful legislation. Again the term ” rational outcome ” in the definition of policy, is the key phrase. The actions of these officers was not based on a ” rational ” approach. What ” rational ” thinker would believe the best course of action was to intimidate and terrorize this family. Police need to be held accountable for their response. They should be professional enough to investigate before they act. Officers should be sure of their actions before they start drawing lethal weapons. To me this just bolsters the idea of police reform. Remove police ” qualified immunity “, get rid of police unionization, stop allowing police to operate without direct public accountability and hold police supervision, district attorney activities, and judges also directly responsible for police abuse.

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Bodycam video released of Andre Leshon Lee who lost consciousness when arrested but died 5 days later in Dallas PD custody, Report

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The Dallas Police Department has released a video of Andre Leshon Lee who they say lost consciousness shortly after being taken into custody on August 28. The video released clearly shows he lost consciousness at the site where he was arrested.

The report goes on to say Lee died September 2 in police custody a week after losing consciousness. Something doesn’t add up here.

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According to Fox 4 the investigation by Dallas police into Lee’s death, he and his wife were driving the night of August 28, when his wife said he got out of the car and started running.

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Morehouse School of Medicine students get surprise news that $26M gift will help pay off their debt

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ATLANTA — It’s a major gift to an Atlanta-based historically Black college aimed at helping close the gap in medical disparities in America.

On Wednesday, Morehouse School of Medicine announced they received a $26.3-million donation from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the organization founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

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Apalachee Elementary assistant principal Nikki Bradley under fire for monkey post about black students

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According to WCTV Leon County school administrators, Thursday publicly detailed the investigation of an assistant principal’s Facebook post that lead to a reprimand and demotion.

The district received multiple complaints about the post by Apalachee Elementary assistant principal Nikki Bradley.

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Bradley wrote this message on her personal Facebook page:

“For a while now, I have felt like Ringmaster of the ****show. Today has done me in! I do not want to be ringmaster, someone come get the monkeys and all the circus friends.

#exhausted #goawaycovid #imgoingtobed”

“It’s important to clarify for the record what took place, the investigation that happened, and what discipline we have enforced,” said Superintendent Rocky Hanna in a Facebook live on Thursday.

The district’s Director of Labor and Employee Relations, Deana McAllister, says an investigation determined the post “was not meant to be divisive or hurtful, nor racially motivated.”

McAllister says the post did show a lack of professionalism and poor judgement, leading to a formal reprimand and demotion of Bradley. She was reassigned from Apalachee Elementary to Killearn Lakes.

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