Meet Aurora, Colorado, police officer John Haubert. He’s been arrested for illegal roughing of an opposing team member.
For those of you keeping score, here’s how NBC 9 News reported the fouls:
According to the police report, the arrest warrant issued for Haubert includes the following charges:
- Attempted first-degree assault
- Second-degree assault
- Felony menacing
- Official oppression
- First-degree official misconduct
And oh, yeah, Pig Haubert’s coworker, Officer Francine Martinez faces charges over allegedly not intervening to try to stop Haubert’s purported use of force.
Now, “everybody knows” that cops don’t believe anything reported in The Fake News, so you assholes can read your own version of The Truth from Fucks News itself, right here: “Colorado police officer charged after allegedly pistol whipping and choking man during arrest,” Fox News, July 27, 2021.
But for Americans, you can find this story all over the internet, from legitimate, professional news media.
For example, here’s the story from National Public Radio, July 27, 2021:
2 Colorado Police Officers Are Investigated After A Violent Arrest
July 27, 20214:32 PM ET
AURORA, Colorado — A Colorado police officer has been arrested on felony charges after a video showed him using his pistol to beat a man he was attempting to arrest, choking him and threatening to kill him, and a second officer was also arrested after authorities say she failed to stop her colleague as required by a new police accountability law.
Body camera footage was shown Tuesday at a news conference of the Friday incident that happened in the Denver suburb of Aurora, whose police department has been plagued by numerous police misconduct cases in recent years including the 2018 death of Elijah McClain.
The man repeatedly says “You’re killing me, bro,” as Aurora police Officer John Haubert holds him down and strikes him, the video shows.
“If you move, I will shoot you,” Haubert says. The officer says repeatedly “Stop fighting,” as the man cries and gasps for air.
Video shows Haubert yelling at the man to roll over on his stomach and show his hands to which the man complies.
“I need water,” the man cries as the body camera footage comes to an end. The man was hospitalized after he was arrested on suspicion of trespassing.
Aurora police Chief Vanessa Wilson called the arrest a “very despicable act” at the press conference.
“This video will shock your conscience. It is very disturbing,” said Wilson, who took over the department last year. “We’re disgusted. We’re angry. This is not police work. We don’t train this.”
Haubert is under investigation over possible attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault and felony menacing in connection with the Friday incident, according to arrest warrant affidavits written by an Aurora police detective and obtained by The Denver Post.
Officer Francine Martinez faces charges over allegedly not intervening to try to stop Haubert’s purported use of force, the documents say. A new Colorado police accountability law requires law enforcement to intervene when they witness abuses of force.
Both officers have turned themselves in. It wasn’t immediately known if they had attorneys.
Haubert and Martinez were dispatched Friday afternoon to investigate a trespassing report. The officers encountered three people who had outstanding felony warrants and tried to arrest them. Two ran way, the documents say.
Haubert drew his pistol and pointed it at the third suspect, who did not resist. Haubert allegedly grabbed the back of the man’s neck, pressed his gun against the man’s head, then struck the man’s head with his pistol at least seven times while ordering him to lie on his stomach, the documents say.
A still image taken from an officer’s body camera footage and included in the affidavit allegedly shows Haubert choking the man. On the footage, Haubert told a sergeant after the arrest, “I was going to shoot him but I didn’t know if I had a round in it or not,” the documents state. Haubert also said blood on the man was from “pistol-whipping him.”National Public Radio, Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Aurora’s police department has faced numerous abuse allegations
Aurora’s troubled police department has been involved in several abuse-of-force incidents in recent years. The most egregious was the 2018 death of McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after being confronted by police responding to a citizen’s call about a “suspicious” person in their neighborhood.
Wilson became the first female to permanently lead the Aurora Police Department when she got the job in August 2020. At the time, the department was looking to regain public trust following a tumultuous year since the death of McClain, whom officers stopped on the street and put into a chokehold.
Wilson, who is white, has 23 years of experience with the Police Department in Colorado’s third-largest city, a diverse community east of Denver. She got the job over three other nationwide finalists — all Black men.
Colorado’s Legislature passed a bill last year that, among other things, requires all officers to use body cameras by July 2023, bans chokeholds, limits potentially lethal uses of force and removes qualified immunity from police, potentially exposing officers to lawsuits for their actions in use of force cases.
The 2020 law also bars police from using deadly force against suspects they believe are armed unless there is an imminent threat of a weapon being used. It requires officers to intervene when seeing use of excessive force by colleagues and to report such cases to superiors.
Lawmakers strengthened that law this year to, in part, encourage more officers to use their body cameras and promote “de-escalation techniques” in police encounters.
Wilson said she moved quickly to put the officers on leave and release the body camera footage to shed light on an incident she said is “anomaly” in a department trying to do better. She apologized to the man who was beaten up.
“This is not the Aurora police department,” Wilson said. “This was criminal.”
From The Tumalo Lookout:
Here’s a photo of Chief Wilson as she tries to spin-doctor it all for public consumption:
“This is not police work. We don’t train this.”Aurora Colorado Police Chief Vanessa Wilson, in a news conference, Tuesday, July 27, 2027
Bullshit, Chief Wilson. Bull. Shit. Make that, pig shit. Yeah: Pig. Shit.
Why I am not believing you, Sow Wilson?
Oh yeah: Because that’s a shit-sack full of lies.
This is exactly the kind of brutality that’s taught in cop culture, generation after generation. It begins right after every cop graduates from the Academy, and it never ends till they retire or die out.
Then again, though, it’s probably true that racism and brutality just come naturally to the whole damned police force in Aurora Colorado.
Which begs a few questions, like: who’s responsible for hiring all of these pieces of shit in Aurora’s City Pig Sty?
And who’s responsible for promoting the supervisors and command staff that so clearly condones and protects the criminals in your department?
And here’s another question: How come, with three well-qualified, Black candidates, you — a Whitey who’s been part of the Aurora PD problem for 23 years — got the job instead? Your force clearly doesn’t respect you, and you clearly aren’t a strong enough chief to put an end to this shit. I guess I’ll just chalk it up to the City having to choose between “the lesser of two evils” for their latest chief: a well-qualified Black outsider, or an White insider woman. A woman, or a Black man. Well, maybe we can handle the little woman easier than an uppity Black man.
Boy, I bet that choice eats in somebody’s craw to this very day, doesn’t it.
And another thing. Just where does the buck stop, anyway?
(That last one’s a rhetorical question, Chief Wilson: “everybody knows,” no cop worth their Trump vote ever accepts responsibility for anything that goes wrong. It’s always “the Libs” and “the Press,” isn’t it?)
There’s one thing I do know, Chief Wilson:
This kind of brutality, misconduct, and betrayal of the public trust is no “anomaly.” You’re boss hog in a small-time, racist pig pen full of criminal swine with badges and guns, and they are all-too typical of American cops.
How the hell do the good cops put up with this kind of shit among their own colleagues, day in and day out? How do good cops look citizens in the eye and not feel shame and humiliation for letting it happen, year in and year out? (It’s just another rhetorical question. Everybody knows: cops have no morals, no ethics, and no shame.)
At least there’s honor among thieves. Not so with too many cops, I think.
All together now, let’s hear it from the Aurora cops’ union:
“Nothing they did was against policy.”
(“And The Law doesn’t apply to us.”)