Carbondale PD not yet releasing body cam footage in controversial case

Aspen Daily News: The Carbondale Police Department has refused to publicly release body camera footage in Michael Francisco’s controversial case, citing internal protocol when an investigation is ongoing.

On Dec. 24, Francisco, a 54-year-old Black man, was brought face down to the floor in City Market, where Francisco is also an employee, and arrested for allegedly grimacing and pointing at a woman during a transaction at the grocery store’s nearby fuel station.

Francisco was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing official business, and disorderly conduct — all misdemeanors. The incident led to dozens of residents appearing at the Carbondale Town Hall, where Francisco’s March 8 hearing was held in municipal court, demanding that the town of Carbondale immediately drop the charges against Francisco, which it has not done.

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