The Colorado cops who handcuffed two Black girls because they mistook an SUV for a stolen motorcycle are now under multiple investigations.
The district attorney for Aurora, Colo., announced a criminal investigation Thursday, five days after video of the incident went viral.
“No one is above the law,” District Attorney George Brauchler said in a press release. “If our investigation determines that the officers involved committed a crime, I will not hesitate to file charges and prosecute them. I intend to investigate this matter thoroughly and with appropriate haste.”
Brittany Gilliam was taking her daughter and three other girls, ages 6, 12, 14 and 17, to get their nails done when officers detained them in a mall parking lot.
The cops said they were looking for a stolen vehicle and that Gillam’s license plate matched. The stolen vehicle, however, was a motorcycle with Montana plates, clearly not Gillam’s Colorado-registered SUV.
Two of the girls were kept handcuffed and lying on the parking lot pavement while police sorted out the mixup.
Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said that her department has launched an internal investigation into the incident.
Wilson just recently ascended to the chief job, as the Aurora Police Department has already faced national scrutiny following the death of Elijah McClain.
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