Body camera footage shows Aurora policeman John Haubert using a pistol to strike a man, saying “if you move, I will shoot you”. The arrest comes amid intense scrutiny of police misconduct in the US following the 2020 death of George Floyd, which sparked national protests.
Another officer has also been arrested for failing to stop Mr Haubert. Footage played for the press on Tuesday shows Mr Haubert repeatedly saying “stop fighting’ as the man tells him “I can’t even breathe” and you’re kiling me.
The man who was being arrested on suspicion of trespassing – was admitted to hospital following the incident. According to an arrest warrant, Mr Haubert is now being investigated on various possible charges, including assault and threatening with a deadly weapon.
The second officer, Francine Martinez, faces charges for not trying to stop Mr Haubert’s use of force. Both officers have reportedly turned themselves in. For years, Aurora’s police department has faced allegations of misconduct, including the death of a man during an arrest in 2019.
As part of a new accountability law, Colorado Former officers explain killings by police At a news conference on Tuesday, Aurora police chief Vanessa Wilson said the arrest was a “very despicable act.” “It is very disturbing.” Wilson said. “We’re disgusted. We’re angry. This is not police work. We don’t train this.”
A bill passed by Colorado’s legislature last year bars police from using deadly force against suspects unless they are facing imminent danger from a weapon. Additionally, the law bans chokeholds and removes the qualified immunity legal protection for officers, potentially exposing them to lawsuits. By 2023, all police officers in the state are required to wear body cameras.
On-duty police officers in the US kill civilians at a rate of 33.5 people per 10 million each year. according to advocacy group Prison Policy a higher rate than most wealthy nations.
47 out of the 48 Yoruba Nation agitators that were arrested during the July 3 rally in Lagos state, have been released from police custody.
Maxwell Adeleye, the spokesperson for Ilana Omo Oodua, a Yoruba self-determination group, made the announcement in a statement released on Tuesday July 27. He said they were released after meeting their bail conditions.
Among those granted bail are Olasunkanmi Tanimola; Kabiru Lawanson; Chinemerem Emmanuel; RasakiMusibau; Lukman Olalade; Olasanmi Oladipupo; Bashiru Shittu; Taofeek Abdusalam; Olamilekan Abata; Abdullahi Sikiru; Tosin Adeleye; and Babatunde Lawal.
The statement read;
“This is to inform the general public that 47 out of the 48 protesters arrested by the Nigerian Police during the Yoruba Nation Rallyheld July 3rd, 2021 have been released from detention after meeting their bail conditions.”
One of the agitators, Tajudeen Bakare is still in custody following a murder charge filed against him by the police.
Bakare was charged for the murder of Jumoke Oyeleke, a 25-year-old trader who was hit by a stray bullet when the police were dispersing the agitators during the rally. The police said Mr Bakare was in possession of a Beretta pistol and two live ammunition and “unlawfully killed” the trader.
The agitator was denied bail given the gravity of the charges levelled against him.
A Chaumet jewellery store close to the Champs-Elysee avenue in central Paris was targeted by an armed robbery on Tuesday, the Paris prosecutors’ office said, with almost 2 million euros ($2.37 million) worth of goods stolen, according to reports. Le Parisien newspaper said a man arrived at the store on a stand-up scooter, and brandished a weapon inside the store during opening hours in the late afternoon, before fleeing again on the two-wheeler.
The prosecutor’s office said it had opened an investigation. It did not confirm initial estimates of the loot. Chaumet, one of the France’s oldest jewellery brands and which is owned by luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, could not immediately be reached for comment. ($1 = 0.8450 euros)