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Brittiney Gilliam says she was looking at her phone for another nail salon when an Aurora police officer approached her car. The incident from Sunday morning has now gone viral online and once again caused controversy for the police department.
“He proceeded to handcuff me and I saw him handcuff the kids, so I started getting angry why are you handcuffing kids for,” Gilliam said.
The incident has sparked controversy for the way police in Aurora, Colorado, handled approaching the woman, Brittany Gilliam, and her family.
Aurora police handcuffed Gilliam, her 12-year-old sister and 17-year-old niece. They also had a 14-year-old niece and Gilliam’s 6-year-old daughter lying face down on the concrete.
Police in suburban Denver have apologized after a group of Black girls was detained, and at least two handcuffed during a weekend investigation of a stolen car. Officers later determined that the vehicle they were seeking had the same license plate number but was from out-of-state.
Brittany Gilliam, Black Family, Children Handcuffed by Aurora police Viral Video
Viewers captured the entire scene on video. Children can be heard screaming and crying throughout the incident.
As it turned out, it was a wrong traffic stop. Aurora police told CBS 4 Denver that Gilliam’s SUV had the same license plate number as a stolen motorcycle, but the vehicle was from a different state. Police say this was a “high risk” stop and that approaching with their weapons drawn was standard procedure.
But Gilliam is furious, and says the officers should have done things very differently.
“There is no excuse why you didn’t handle it any other way,” Gilliam told 9News. “You could even have said, ‘Stand aside, let me ask your mother or aunt a few questions so we can clarify this.’ There were different ways to handle it.”
In a statement, the Aurora police apologized to Gilliam and his family.
“We first want to offer our apologies to the family involved in the traumatic incident that involved the police arrest of their vehicle yesterday,” said acting police chief Vanessa Wilson in the statement, according to ABC-7 News. “I contacted our victim advocates so that we can offer an age-appropriate therapy that the city will cover.”
Wilson acknowledges that the standard procedure involves approaching the vehicle with her guns drawn and making all occupants lie down. “But we must allow our officers to have discretion and deviate from this process when different scenarios arise,” he writes. “I have already ordered my team to study new practices and training.”
The incident has put the national focus on the Aurora Police Department for the second time this year. The agency was criticized for the murder of Elijah McClain, an unarmed black man who died after a meeting with Aurora police officers last August.
McClain, 23, was returning from a store wearing a ski mask. The officers put him into a choke and the paramedics injected him with a sedative. He had a heart attack and died six days later.
The agency’s apology for keeping Gilliam’s family at gunpoint is not enough for her, she says.
“I do not accept your apology,” she tells ABC 7 News, adding that the children now fear the police. “Get a damn new policy.”