Aurora City to pay $110,000 to man tased by police (VIDEO)
By Andrew Shepperson
The City of Aurora, Colorado, has agreed to pay $110,000 to a man who was tased in the back by an Aurora police officer in 2016.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado announced the city’s decision Thursday to settle with its client Darsean Kelley, a young black man who was tased by an Aurora police officer as he said, “I know rights.”
The ACLU of Colorado’s legal director, Mark Silverstein, commended the city but also criticized the police department for not admitting any wrongdoing.
“The decision of the Aurora City Attorney’s Office to fairly and promptly resolve this matter stands in stark contrast to the actions of the Aurora Police Department, which at every turn has refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing or need for policy change even in the face of public outrage and irrefutable video evidence of misconduct,” Silverstein said. “The Aurora Police Department has no written policy whatsoever explaining when police can and cannot fire their tasers. And the Department desperately needs truly independent citizen oversight to hold the police accountable for wrongdoing.”
On Feb. 19, 2016, police were responding to a report of a man threatening a child with a gun when they stopped Kelley and his cousin walking on the street,