Editorial: Colorado’s police agencies should make all IA reports public

Fort Collins Coloradoan: Before the world knew the names George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake, the 2016 arrest of Darsean Kelley in Aurora would change the landscape of police accountability in Colorado.

Kelley, who is Black, was detained and struck in the back with a Taser on Feb. 19, 2016, by Aurora police officers responding to a report of a suspect who pulled a gun on a child, the Denver Post reported. Kelley didn’t have a gun when he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of failing to obey lawful orders, a charge that was later dropped. 

In 2017, Aurora agreed to pay $110,000 to settle claims made by Kelley and the American Civil Liberties Union that its officers unlawfully detained Kelley and another man during the arrest, deploying the Taser after Kelley, with his hands raised and back turned to officers asked, “What are we being detained for? Answer my question, officer. I know my rights!”

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