Body camera video shows Aurora police Tasing man who did nothing wrong, ACLU says

The Denver Post:  A recording from an Aurora police officer’s body camera released Friday by the American Civil Liberties Union shows a man being Tased for what the ACLU says was “no reason.”

The edited video, which lasts about a minute and a half, shows an officer firing his Taser into the back of a man facing away from him.

“What are we being detained for?” the man yells just before he is struck by the device’s wires. “Answer my question officer! I know my rights!”

Aurora police say the encounter happened on Feb. 19 and that the man involved was arrested and charged in the city’s municipal court with failing to obey lawful orders, a misdemeanor.

The ACLU says the officers involved in the encounter stopped the man, identified as Darsean Kelley, while they were looking for a suspect who purportedly pulled a gun on a child. The organization says authorities had no description but stopped Kelley, who was near the location where the report was called in.

“I know my rights,” Kelley says in the video after declining to sit down at the commands of officers, citing a groin injury.

After being Tased, Kelley is shown in the video sitting down, apparently in handcuffs, saying he didn’t do anything wrong and that he wanted to talk to the boss of the officer who Tased him.

“It’s all on video, sweetheart,” an officer tells him.

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