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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.

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  1. Hank Rhody, Freelance Philosop… Contributor

    This will end badly.

    Judges 21:25
    In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 10:59 AM PDT
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  2. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    So what we are going to start seeing is honest, compliant people get arrested while criminal, violent people will not. Makes one wonder if we need cops at all.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 11:11 AM PDT
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  3. Hank Rhody, Freelance Philosop… Contributor

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    So what we are going to start seeing is honest, compliant people get arrested while criminal, violent people will not. Makes one wonder if we need cops at all.

    Precisely. The natural reaction to the police’s reaction to the defund/pillory movement. We’re watching a Greek tragedy play out here.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 11:17 AM PDT
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  4. JosePluma Thatcher

    One of my maxims: It’s always easier to enforce the law on the law-abiding. 

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    • October 16, 2020, at 11:24 AM PDT
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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor

    That is frightening. My heart goes out to the citizens who would never have agreed to this policy.

    • #5
    • October 16, 2020, at 11:32 AM PDT
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  6. Raxxalan Member
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    JosePluma (View Comment):

    One of my maxims: It’s always easier to enforce the law on the law-abiding.

    Although I am not sure like is the proper reaction to this.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 11:33 AM PDT
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  7. Vance Richards Member
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    “You’re under arrest!”

    “But I don’t want to go to jail.”

    “Oh. OK, never mind.”

    And it is not like these guys were wanted for parking tickets or selling loose cigarettes. These men posed a real threat to those around them. The police in the second story say they “got it right” because they were able to arrest him on the third time they tried. But the damage done between the first attempt and then . . . ?

     

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    • October 16, 2020, at 12:09 PM PDT
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  8. Vice-Potentate Member

    Did they go back and get him later? I mean surely they did something.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 12:09 PM PDT
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  9. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    So what we are going to start seeing is honest, compliant people get arrested while criminal, violent people will not. Makes one wonder if we need cops at all.

    But who is going to write citations for jaywalking or going maskless?

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    • October 16, 2020, at 12:31 PM PDT
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  10. Seawriter Contributor

    Vice-Potentate (View Comment):

    Did they go back and get him later? I mean surely they did something.

    Why would they? No one risks their jobs or their fortunes when they do nothing in a situation like this. Taking action? That risks making yourself the next poster boy as the R-A-A-CI- ST cop. What do you think is really important to most human beings in a situation of high stress and high risk? Their own skin or the “greater good”?

    There is a reason why they hand out Medals of Honor much more rarely than participation trophies.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 12:54 PM PDT
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  11. EODmom Coolidge

    And the (allegedly abused) children were (must likely) returned to the home to the custody of the enabling other parent who knows where the target is and will welcome him back. 

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    • October 16, 2020, at 1:39 PM PDT
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  12. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt

    Vice-Potentate (View Comment):

    Did they go back and get him later? I mean surely they did something.

    They will find him, or another agency will, and hopefully he won’t commit too many crimes until that day comes. 

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    • October 16, 2020, at 2:08 PM PDT
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  13. Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… Thatcher
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Vice-Potentate (View Comment):

    Did they go back and get him later? I mean surely they did something.

    They will find him, or another agency will, and hopefully he won’t commit too many crimes until that day comes.

    Or, citizens will do it.

    If the police step away, armed citizens will step up.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 2:47 PM PDT
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  14. Basil Fawlty Member
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    Doug Watt: Some people, not all, are getting what they want.

    But not what they need.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 2:52 PM PDT
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  15. Kozak Member
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    Progressives in Progressive cities are getting exactly what they voted for.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 3:00 PM PDT
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  16. E. Kent Golding Member

    The constant repetition of this stuff is making me numb. Can’t go to Chicago anymore — the places my family used to go are now the venue for riots. I am glad that my local town supports their police, and that things are fairly normal here. Not sure how long it can last. Sure hope Trump wins and the R’s keep the senate.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 3:45 PM PDT
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  17. Jimmy Carter Member
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    I always hear that the goal of every officier is to make it back Home safely to Their Family.

    Then We shouldn’t hear any criticisms of policies from officiers that support such goals.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 3:46 PM PDT
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  18. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Vice-Potentate (View Comment):

    Did they go back and get him later? I mean surely they did something.

    They will find him, or another agency will, and hopefully he won’t commit too many crimes until that day comes.

    Or, citizens will do it.

    If the police step away, armed citizens will step up.

    And be jailed. The only thing LEO hate more than criminals are citizens taking the law into their own hands.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 8:44 PM PDT
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  19. Percival Thatcher
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Vice-Potentate (View Comment):

    Did they go back and get him later? I mean surely they did something.

    They will find him, or another agency will, and hopefully he won’t commit too many crimes until that day comes.

    Or, citizens will do it.

    If the police step away, armed citizens will step up.

    And be jailed. The only thing LEO hate more than criminals are citizens taking the law into their own hands.

    Except you know they are armed and you know they are cheesed off.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 8:46 PM PDT
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  20. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Progressives in Progressive cities are getting exactly what they voted for.

    The sad part is you can’t pass shared collective memories down, because what the progressives are getting now is what the progressives in big cities got in the late 1960s through the early 90s across the nation, when the progs of that era decided re-active policing and passive actions were the way to solve their cities’ social ills, based on the same ‘root causes’ mentality that made law enforcement the problem.

    It really took a quarter-century for enough people to get fed up with progressive ideas and demand reforms, but as bad as this summer has been, we’re still nowhere near the crime rates of the late 1980s and early 90s, so for urban progressives, I doubt their levels of tolerance are going to be reached for a while (and in some places, like New York, the people in charge have been gutting the laws used to cut crime rates in the 1990s, so the same strategies to lower crime can’t be used this time around).

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    • October 16, 2020, at 9:17 PM PDT
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  21. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    I hate second guessing OK, actually I actually love second guessing but it cuts into my armchair quarterbacking time. Still, let’s say for the sake of argument that the police decided that the guy didn’t have guns. 

    They got what they came for; the kid. The guy no longer posed a threat and by leaving they could (and it seems did) pick him up later with ease – the way we all wish David Koresh had gone down. 

    It certainly feels chicken-redact to not go in after him, but there may be wisdom in not storming the house, breaking the doors, possibly shooting the guy or other people nearby (and yes, possibly garnering bad press or protests). It is a risk either way. 

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    • October 16, 2020, at 11:05 PM PDT
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  22. Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… Thatcher
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Vice-Potentate (View Comment):

    Did they go back and get him later? I mean surely they did something.

    They will find him, or another agency will, and hopefully he won’t commit too many crimes until that day comes.

    Or, citizens will do it.

    If the police step away, armed citizens will step up.

    And be jailed. The only thing LEO hate more than criminals are citizens taking the law into their own hands.

    No, they won’t. Because if they bail on one man with a gun, and they bail on armed mobs, they will bail on people who refuse to comply. 

    I’m this city, the police have now said if you don’t come along quietly, you don’t have to come along at all. Anyone can do that.

    You keep making posts like there is no tripping point. If this were 1775, you would be telling us all how the British will shoot us all in our beds and it will only get worse.

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    • October 17, 2020, at 1:56 AM PDT
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