Colorado Springs police deny requests for internal affairs report on traffic stop

From The Gazette (Colorado Springs):  Colorado Springs police say it’s not in the public interest to release internal affairs files detailing the findings of an investigation in a traffic stop in which a black man was pulled from a car, in which he was a passenger, at gunpoint.

The officers were cleared of wrongdoing in the March incident that made national headlines after the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado called it a case of racial profiling and an issue of “driving while black.”

A video posted on YouTube by Colorado Springs resident Ryan Brown shows officer David Nelson did not answer repeated questions about why Brown’s brother, Benjamin, was pulled over, frisked and handcuffed on South Carefree Circle. Nelson then pulled Ryan Brown from the car with the assistance of officer Allison Detwiler, the video shows.

Ryan Brown filed a complaint with the Colorado Springs Police Department the day of the incident, and the ACLU is defending him in court against a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer. The case was transferred from Colorado Springs municipal court to El Paso County Court.

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