Aurora PD pulled a gun and cuffed a black woman and her 2 minors in Colorado — because cops thought they were in a stolen vehicle.
The Police Department later issued an apology to the Black family.
A video surfaced online on Sunday which hows Brittney Gilliam being led away from the car in handcuffs, while other members of her family — her 6-year-old daughter, 12-year-old sister and 14 and 17-year-old nieces — are lying on their stomachs in the parking lot.
From the video, they seem terrified and some can be heard screaming and crying … and Brittney says her sister and 17-year-old niece were also placed in cuffs while cops verified the vehicle was not stolen.
Brittney told CNN she had taken the girls to get their nails done, and they were sitting in the parking lot with the car turned off when cops approached from behind.
She added the officers had their weapons drawn and told them to put their hands out of the window and exit the vehicle.
She says she explained to them it WAS stolen in February but returned to her, and she had all the documentation for the vehicle. Cops then realized their mistake.
Vanessa Wilson Interim Chief of Police says she’s called Brittney’s family “to apologize and to offer any help they can provide, especially for the children who may have been traumatized” by the ordeal.
Vanessa adds … “I have reached out to our victim advocates so we can offer age-appropriate therapy that the city will cover.”
Reports from Aurora PD
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Cops received a call of a possible stolen vehicle and Brittney‘s had a matching plate and description, but turns out — the plate info was for a motorcycle registered in another state.
The department adds … “The confusion may have been due, in part, to the fact that the stopped car was reported stolen earlier in the year.
After realizing the mistake, officers immediately released everyone involved, explained what happened and apologized.”
This incident comes as the Aurora PD is already under scrutiny, and facing a reopened investigation, for the death of Elijah McClain.
Elijah unarmed 23-year-old was walking home from a convenience store in August 2019 when he was stopped by 3 white cops.