A black family traveling with children aged between six and 17 in an SUV was detained and handcuffed at gunpoint after police mistakenly thought their car had been stolen.
Footage of Bisandar has surfaced on social media when Aurora police officers in Colorado arrested a driver and a group of little girls in the parking of a thrift store Sunday morning.
The shocking video clip shows the family lying on their stomachs with their hands behind their backs in broad daylight as officers escort them to police vehicles.
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The Aurora Police were filmed after detaining and scrambling a black family with young children when they thought their car had been stolen
Bystander footage shows four children, ages six, 12, 14 and 17, who sat on parking ground on Sunday
Young family members can be heard shouting and crying as the police take the driver away in handcuffs
Four children, ages six, 12, 14 and 17, can be heard screaming and crying during the arrest.
The incident was a case of mistaken identity as the police believed the car was stolen because it matched the license plate number and description that was given to them.
He later determined that he had stopped the wrong car and was in fact looking for a motorcycle from Montana with the same license plate number.
The incident comes amid protests around the country and growing criticism from the Aurora Police Department in which last August was convicted for the death of 23-year-old black man Eliza McClain.
The driver of the blue SUV has been identified as Brittany Gilliam, who was traveling with her niece, younger sister and daughter.
She told local station 9News that she had taken her family to get her nails done but later realized the salon was closed.
The family then return to their car, surrounded by officers who had their guns.
Police admitted that the family was stopped after their license plate number matched the stolen vehicle. He later realized that he was looking for a motorcycle with the same license plate number, but out of state
Driver Brittany Gilliam, who took her family to get her nails, was seen being carried away in handcuffs (far left) as the rest of her relatives lay on the ground
Gilliam said the family returned to the car after realizing the nail salon was closed, only to face the police with their guns
Gilliam slogans to police department for misrepresenting the situation, especially in front of young children
‘There is no excuse why you [cops] Gilliam told the news station that this was not a different route.
‘You could have also told them “Step-by-step I should ask my mother or my aunt some questions so that we can be clear about this.” There were different ways to handle this. ‘
Police said the police may have accidentally targeted the car as it was reported stolen in a separate incident in February.
Gilliam said the vehicle was stolen in February but was found the next day.
Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson later released a statement on Twitter apologizing for the mix-up.
“We are training our officers that when they approach a suspected stolen car, they should do what is called a high-risk stop,” he wrote.
‘This includes the inclusion of their weapons and ordering all occupiers to get out of the car and lie on the ground.’
The Aurora Police Department has been under fire over the past few months, killing 23-year-old black man Eliza McLain last year.
On August 24, 2019, McClain was placed in a fatal chokehold by the Aurora Police after he stopped while walking home. Police confronted McClain after receiving a report of a man who had seen the ‘sketch’
Arora Police Department released a statement apologizing to the family on the mix-up
‘I have called on the family to apologize and offer any help, especially to the children who may be suffering from the events of tomorrow.
‘I have reached out to my aggrieved advocates so that we can offer age-appropriate therapy that will cover the city.’
Chief Wilson said an internal investigation had also been opened.
The family, which filed the complaint, is now being represented by attorney David Lane of Denver, who according to 9News, is the law partner of Eliza McClain’s family attorney Mari Newman.
McClain was placed in a deadly chokehold by Aurora police officers on August 24, 2019, as he was stopped while walking home at night.
Police were called to the scene after a person wearing a ski mask was reported to be ‘sketch acting’ and shedding his arms.
Mecklen, a massage therapist described by friends and family as an ‘oddball, vegetarian, athlete and peacekeeper’ who loved animals, was handcuffed and placed in a carotid control grip, consciousness. Before losing, restricts his blood flow.
Paramedics later seduced him with ketamine, sending him into cardiac arrest. He was declared brain dead after six days and removed from life support.