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Police officers aren’t stupid. They understand the implications of the new Woke prosecutors, and the outrage from the public if an arrest becomes violent. Becoming the latest You Tube villain can be avoided by walking away.
Residents in an Aurora, Colorado neighborhood got a first-hand look at the new Woke policing.
AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora police had their man cornered. On Sept. 24 they responded to a home in the Conservatory neighborhood for what they described as a “felony child abuse investigation.” They said the homeowner, Eric Burns, 39, “had a valid misdemeanor no bond DV (domestic violence) warrant out of Denver.” Additionally, APD believed Burns had assaulted his son and abused his daughter.
The SWAT team was called and trained their weapons on the house.
“It was scary,” said neighbor Jasmine Staats who watched the standoff unfold from her home on the next block. SWAT team members were on scene for hours, negotiating with Burns to surrender. They believed there were guns in the house and that he was armed.
After several hours, Burns released his 6-year-old daughter. Police negotiators continued trying to coax Burns to give himself up. But when that didn’t happen, after about four hours, an internal Aurora police report says “Decision made to vacate.” Dozens of officers, negotiators and command officers packed up and left Burns in his home.
“We were pretty shocked,” said Staats, “We thought for sure they would have arrested someone. It’s quite concerning they would do that.”
“If someone’s got a warrant out for their arrest, why wouldn’t they have been arrested?” asked Staats.
Burns had a second warrant for felony kidnapping, but the Aurora police officers were not aware of that warrant. The confusion of the residents is understandable. None of them want to see a violent end in an attempt to arrest someone, and police officers don’t want that either. How it ends is up to the suspect. This may come as a shock to some citizens, there are suspects regardless of the amount of officers they are facing will resist arrest to include using deadly physical force to resist arrest.
This is the second time that the Aurora police department has walked away from an arrest.
The Conservatory neighborhood incident marked the second time in September that CBS4 learned of Aurora police leaving a wanted suspect after a standoff, in what the department calls de-escalation techniques. In early September, Aurora police officers twice walked away from arresting a 47-year-old man who was terrorizing residents of an apartment complex, even after the man allegedly exposed himself to kids, threw a rock through one resident’s sliding glass door, was delusional, was tasered by police and forced the rescue of two other residents from a second floor room in an apartment he had ransacked.
The residents of Aurora better get used to this de-escalation tactic, and you might want to get used to it in your city, or town.
The department declined to be interviewed but released a statement saying, “Members of our community and across the nation have made it very clear that they want their police department to respond differently to some incidents, particularly when there is a possibility of using serious force against a subject.” The statement went on to say “avoiding unnecessary confrontations was now a top priority for the department.”
Some people, not all, are getting what they want. By the way, the Aurora PD says they have no idea where Mr. Burns is right now. I’m sure he’s behaving himself wherever he is.Published in