Black Girls Held At Gunpoint By US Police Receives $1.9 Million Settlement

Police said the car’s license plate matched the number on the stolen car.

The city of Aurora has reached a $1.9 million settlement with a black Colorado family after police detained their four juvenile relatives at gunpoint. Britney Gilliam, her 6-year-old daughter, 14- and 17-year-old nieces, and 12-year-old sister were unfairly stopped in a parking lot in 2020. Police ordered the girls to lie face down in the hot parking lot and handcuff them. The incident was caught on camera and sparked outrage at the time.

Police mistakenly believed Gilliam was driving a stolen vehicle and had been trained to perform “high-risk stops.” BBC report. They apologized for the incident and offered to cover the children’s therapy services.

Gilliam later accused the officers of “serious and systemic” racism, the outlet said.

On the day of the incident, Britney Gilliam and the girls went to a nail salon and returned to their car after learning the salon was closed. Later, as the family got into the car, police approached the vehicle with guns drawn.

In the video, Gilliam and all four girls are seen lying face down in a parking lot. Gilliam, her 12-year-old sister and 17-year-old niece were handcuffed.

As witnesses questioned police about the situation, children could be heard crying and calling for their mother.

Gilliam told CBS shortly afterward: “Would the kids be okay afterwards? Lying on the ground at gunpoint, especially a 6-year-old.”

Police said the car’s license plate matched the number of the stolen vehicle, but it was in a different state.

Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said officers realized their mistake and immediately removed the handcuffs from everyone involved.

On Monday, the family’s attorney, David Lane, confirmed that a settlement had been reached with the city of Aurora.

“All parties are very pleased with this settlement,” he said in a statement.

An Aurora Police Department spokesperson said Tuesday that the department “remains committed to strengthening our relationships with the community through accountability and continually improving our services to our citizens.”

“We’ve been trying to train Aurora for several years to get our officers to spend less time on the range and more time in the law library,” Lane said. washington post.



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