Video shows two Colorado Springs men are victims of racially biased policing, ACLU says

From The Denver Post:  Two African-American men pulled over by police in Colorado Springs and taken into custody in a video-recorded encounter are victims of racially biased policing, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.

The group is representing siblings Ryan and Benjamin Brown in the incident, which was recorded in a March 25 traffic stop.

The incident — recorded by Ryan Brown, a passenger in a car driven by his brother — shows Ryan being pulled from the car by an officer and forced to the ground.

“What Ryan and Benjamin Brown experienced at the hands of the Colorado Springs police is sadly all too familiar for young people of color,” ACLU of Colorado legal director Mark Silverstein said in a news release. “No reasonable person could watch the video recording of the traffic stop and say that two white men would have been treated the same way.”

“Benjamin Brown, the driver, was ordered by police to exit the vehicle at Taser-point, immediately handcuffed, searched, held in the back of a police car, and finally issued a citation for an obstructed view,” the ACLU said.

Ryan Brown faces a criminal charge of “interfering with official police duties,” the ACLU said. Benjamin Brown was cited for a cracked windshield.

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