DENVER — Aurora police stopped dozens of cars and pulled out their drivers at gunpoint looking for a bank robbery suspect Saturday afternoon.
Police said an armed man robbed a Wells Fargo bank on E. Hampden Avenue and S. Chambers Road and fled.Police tracked the robber to the intersection of E. Iliff Avenue and S. Buckley Road.
Responding officers barricaded the area, trapping about 25 cars near the intersection. Then police went car by car and pulled out each occupant at gunpoint and handcuffed them.”Cops came in from every direction and just threw their car in front of my car,” said Sonya Romero, who was one of the drivers handcuffed. “We all got cuffed until they figured out who did what.”Ben Barker watched the ordeal and told 7NEWS police were armed with shot guns and rifles.”We didn’t know if we were in the line of fire or what the hell was happening,” Romero said.Eventually police came to a white Ford Expedition and arrested the driver. Police have not released the suspect’s name.The other drivers were then released. The whole ordeal lasted about two hours.
Let’s assume this tactic worked, do you really wanted to be treated like a thief and a criminal because someone in your vicinity broke the law? And that’s not even addressing the fact that the cops pointed guns at people and arrested and detained innocent citizens, which is a blatant violation of their civil rights. The department should be sued out the wazoo.