John Haubert, 39, has resigned from the Aurora Police Department after being arrested for assault
A Colorado police officer has been stopped two days after body camera footage of him beating and threatening to shoot a bloodied suspect was released.
The Aurora Police Department announced Thursday that John Haubert, 39, had resigned from his post.
On Tuesday, the department released graphic body camera footage showing him forcing suspect Kyle Maurice to the ground, choking him and eventually beating him with the butt of his pistol until he bled from his head and began to cry.
The 29-year-old was reportedly shot about 13 times by the gun and required six stitches, officials said on Tuesday.
Haubert was charged Monday with attempted first degree murder, second-degree assault, threatened felony, official suppression and official misconduct. He turned himself in that night and is now out on bail.
An Internal Affairs investigation into his conduct will continue, officials said, after which Chief Vanessa Wilson will make her final decision on whether he violated department policy and what punishment he would have received had he not resigned.
“I hope the transparency we are giving you here today, as well as the prompt action of our police, may lead some of you to believe that we are trying to do the right thing,” Wilson said. 9 News. “We’re trying to reform and we’re trying to make a difference.”
Police CCTV footage shows Haubert and his partner Francine Martinez, 40, approaching three men while investigating a trespass on Friday afternoon.
After two of the men fled, Haubert Kyle was seen pushing Maurice Vinson to the ground grond
Soon, Haubert is seen grabbing 29-year-old Vinson by the neck with one hand and pressing the barrel of his pistol onto the back of Vinson’s head with the other.
He was heard to command Vinson to reach out for him before hitting him on the head with the barrel of his gun, as Vinson insists he did nothing
On Tuesday, the Aurora Police Department released graphic body camera footage of the incident, with Wilson saying: “What you are about to see will make you angry, it may even bring you to tears.
“I know I felt tears as well as anger welling up.”
The footage shows Haubert and his partner Francine Martinez, 40, responding to a trespassing call near Peoria at 2:16 p.m. Friday, where they encountered three suspects, including Vinson.
Two of the suspects ran away after Martinez reportedly discovered they had arrest warrants, after which Haubert – who did not try to flee – was seen pushing Vinson to the ground, demanding that he turn over on his stomach, while Vinson asks: ” Wow, what the hell have I done.’
Haubert is soon seen grabbing Vinson’s neck with one hand and pressing the barrel of his pistol onto the back of Vinson’s head with the other, ordering him to put his hands out in front of him, as Vinson insists he’s not taking orders. it.
Haubert could then be seen hitting Vinson with the gun multiple times.
With blood streaming down his face, Vinson could be seen crying and saying, “You’re killing me, bro.”
Haubert reportedly held Vinson and strangled him for 39 seconds, when Vinson began to lose consciousness
The video clearly shows Vinson with a large brim on the right side of his head
Finally, a third officer showed up and handcuffed Vinson, took him into custody and took him to a local hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, Haubert again ordered him to “sit on your face,” holding him by his sleeve, to which Vinson insists he had no warrant, saying, “I can’t go to jail for something I didn’t do.”
Haubert, however, continued to hold Vinson back, telling him that if he moved, he would shoot him, to which Vinson replied, “I didn’t even run away.”
He clearly had a large bump on the right side of his head, and when he tried to get up, Haubert grabbed him by the leg and threw him back to the ground.
Finally, a third officer arrives at the scene and Vinson puts on the handcuffs, as he says, “I was just fighting for my life, guys.”
Vinson was reportedly shot about 13 times by the gun, officials said Tuesday, and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
His injuries included a bruise and cut to the forehead, his right eye half swollen and bruised, a cut on the top of his head that required five stitches, and bruises to his chest.
Haubert reportedly detained and strangled him for a total of 39 seconds before the other officer showed up and hit Vinson with a taser, and he was taken into custody.
He was reportedly unarmed at the time, and Wilson said she believed Vinson was unaware of an arrest warrant at the time.
It was issued on June 8, according to 9 News, after he failed to meet the terms of a deferred sentence granted in April 2019 for a previous domestic violence incident.
Martinez is now charged with breaching her duty to intervene and report the use of force. She has been suspended from the remunerated department.
Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson announced charges against Haubert at a press conference on Tuesday, before publishing the body-camera footage
Haubert previously pleaded guilty to a felony charge for pointing a gun at his roommate while he was drinking in 2009. Denver channel reports, he was hired to serve on the police force.
The hiring process is being conducted by Aurora’s Civil Service Commission, which said in a statement to the local news station: “None of the current Civil Service Commission commissioners were involved in authorizing Officer Haubert’s appointment in 2018. However, it is worth it.” worthy of noting that all officers in the state of Colorado must be POST certified.”
As part of POST training, short for Peace Officers Standards and Trainings, the Civil Service Commission conducts a background check on a potential collaborator in the FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation databases for felony and felony charges.
However, the felony charge that Haubert pleaded guilty to would not stop him from getting POST certified, authorities said.
They noted, “We plan to review the current background process and see how we can ensure that hiring decisions have the best possible outcome for the community.”