Two Police arrests that didn’t make the news today and why 12/02/14

12/02/14 Aurora, CO – I monitored a couple of arrests today on the police scanner in North Aurora that would not have captured my attention had I not heard the following statements on the radio: “One party at gunpoint” and “replica-gun.”  We all know it has been a difficult couple of weeks nationally for community and law enforcement relations.  The events of Ferguson, MO coupled with the shooting death of a young boy in Cleveland who was armed with a replica-gun have inflamed many across the US, so I proceeded to the scene of today’s arrest in North Aurora to learn more of what I heard on the police scanner. Aurora, CO is not unlike some of the inflamed parts of the country right now in that some parts of our city are very diverse, yet are often policed by a police department that is made up of predominantly white officers.  Does this subject our citizens to inferior or biased policing?  I think today was a great example of our Aurora Police Department.  Two young men were reported as suspicious in the 23oo block of N. Ironton St. around 2Pm today.  As police rolled up on the scene one young man was observed jumping fences in the back alley.  Police Sergeant Brandon Samuels and other first arriving officers detained the young man at gun-point as a pistol was observed on the ground by his feet.  That young man and another were both taken safely into custody in the back alley and later ID’d by a witness as the suspicious parties.  After closer observation the arresting officers were able to determine that the gun was a replica of some sort, but take a look at it readers and determine for yourselves!  As I spoke with Sgt. Samuels about the incident, a neighbor with a camera around his neck walked up to the Sgt. and asked “did someone get shot?”  Sgt. Samuels calmly reassured the man that nobody had been injured, and it was safe for the man to return home. As it turns out, both of these suspects were juveniles but to a casual observer, they could pass as young men. The gun at the one young man’s feet looked like an actual large caliber handgun, and yes readers, both young suspects were African-American and yes, the arresting officers were predominently white in color.  Does this matter?  Should this matter?  Could this incident have gone terribly wrong, even fatally wrong?  APD carries all matter of less-than-lethal weapons and they will deploy them if necessary but do they always have that luxury?  Do they alway have time to give thought to which weapons to use?  How about space to do so?  How about surrounding officers or civilians and their safety?  The list goes on and on as do the responsibilities of being a cop.  I’ve heard it stated that cops must decide in seconds what the public, the media and courts decide over years.  As for today’s two young suspects, they were transported to jail this afternoon, the charges were not made available to me as of this writing.  But here’s the great news Folks!  Nobody, I repeat nobody got hurt by today’s incident thanks to the calm actions of District 1 Sergeant Brandon Samuels and other responding officers.  Are there lessons to be drawn from these arrests in Aurora, CO today.  Take one more look at the replica-handgun and decide for yourselves.  You won’t see this story on the local news channels and why?  Because thankfully, today anyway, it was a non-story.  Shane Anthony reporting for AuroraNews1.com

This was the replica-gun found at the feet of one of today's arrested subjects.

This was the replica-gun found at the feet of one of today’s arrested subjects. Photo by Shane Anthony AuroraNews1.com

Sgt. Samuels is shown here standing behind the cop car with a suspect inside.  Photo by Shane Anthony AuroraNews1.com

Sgt. Samuels is shown here standing behind a cop car with a suspect inside. Photo by Shane Anthony AuroraNews1.com

Sgt. Brandon Samuels and other officers detained the young suspect with the replica-gun at his feet.  Photo by Shane Anthony AuroraNews1.com

Sgt. Brandon Samuels and other officers detained the young suspect with the replica-gun at his feet. Photo by Shane Anthony AuroraNews1.com

Below is a slideshow of todays arrests in the 2300 block of North Ironton St.  Click on any image to launch the slideshow.  Photos by Shane Anthony AuroraNews1.com

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One Response to Two Police arrests that didn’t make the news today and why 12/02/14

  1. Steve says:

    Great story Shane! Great prospective from the police stand point. The 12 year old that was shot and killed by police earlier last month had a similar gun, people just do not understand that the split second decisions police have to make not only affect the parties shot, but the officer that has to injure and kill, something cops never want to have to experience in their careers.
    Steve Davis

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