ACLU seeks police documents in ‘racially biased’ Colorado Springs traffic stop

From The Denver Post:  Under a state open records law, the ACLU of Colorado is formally requesting the entire file of a recently concluded police investigation that cleared an officer after a controversial Colorado Springs traffic stop that was video-recorded and posted on YouTube.

The video, which has been viewed nearly 150,000 times on YouTube, shows an African-American man being pulled from a car and wrestled to the ground, after a traffic stop for a cracked windshield.

Ryan Brown and the ACLU claim his civil rights were violated during the “racially-biased traffic stop.” He was a passenger when the car driven by his brother, Benjamin Brown, was pulled over March 25.

The City of Colorado Springs sent a letter, dated June 8, to Brown regarding a complaint he filed against police saying: “The investigation disclosed that the act complained of did occur, but was justified, legal and proper.”

“The ACLU of Colorado is deeply disappointed that the Colorado Springs Police Department has concluded, without explanation, that the officers’ treatment of Ryan and Benjamin Brown was justified and proper,” ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein said in Wednesday’s media release.

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