Police in Colorado Detain Black Mother and 4 Girls at Gunpoint

Oh, it was just a mistake!

By Democracy Now

HAVANA TIMES – Police in Aurora Colorado detained a Black family at gunpoint on Sunday after mistaking their vehicle for one that was stolen. Video has gone viral showing police ordering a woman and four girls to lie facedown at gunpoint in a parking lot. The girls ranged in age from 6 to 17. Two of the girls were handcuffed. In the shocking video the girls can be heard crying and screaming.

Brittany Gilliam said she was taking her daughter, sister, and nieces to get their nails done when Aurora police drew guns on their parked vehicle. The Aurora police department has apologized and said they opened an internal investigation.

Last year in Aurora, Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old African American massage therapist, died after he was tackled by police, placed in a chokehold and then injected with ketamine by paramedics. At the time he was walking home from picking up an iced tea for his brother at a convenience store.


6 thoughts on “Police in Colorado Detain Black Mother and 4 Girls at Gunpoint

  • I have been a Black man in the US and a Black man in Cuba. It is my concrete opinion that being Black in the US is dangerous and inhospitable most of the time BUT at all times I am comforted that the law of the land, if applied equitably, will prevail in favor of the good. On the other hand in Cuba, while the environment is markedly more hospitable and therefore less dangerous, I am constantly aware that if I am violated I have no recourse. Plainly spoken, if I happen to cross paths with a “redneck” PNR officer, I have to accept whatever happens. There will be no lawsuit against the police. No public outcry against police abuse. No nothing. Which is worse? I have no power to protect myself in Cuba. In the US, even as a Black man, I retain some measure of recompense against those who would trample on my rights. That recompense may have to be exercised by those who survive my death at the hands of the police but it remains my recompense nonetheless.

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