Chief released Dash Cam after Viral Social Media Phone Video (Aurora Police Department)

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Published on June 16, 2020 by

AURORA POLICE RELEASE DASH CAMERA VIDEO AND NARRATIVE AFTER TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS

Over the past 24 hours, a 2 minute and 38 second video has been widely posted on social media of an Aurora Police traffic stop that occurred on Saturday, June 13th on the city’s east side.

The video posted on social media only shows a short portion of the traffic stop and doesn’t provide any information about what happened. Unfortunately, people have rushed to judge the incident without having all the facts.

In an effort to tell the entire story, the Aurora Police Department is releasing a narrative of the incident and the dash camera video of what happened.

During the incident, neither offender had any pressure applied to their neck or were restrained in any way that could prevent them from breathing. At the request of both individuals, they were transported to area hospitals and released shortly thereafter without any injuries.

To provide complete transparency to the community, the lengthy narrative of the police report is attached.

Incident Narrative

Just after 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 13th, an Aurora Police officer observed a white Chevrolet Malibu stopped at the red light at New York Street and Eola Road with the passenger door open. The door was then closed and the officer observed a male and a female inside the vehicle engaged in what appeared to be a physical altercation and appeared to be striking one another with their hands and forearms.

Once the traffic light turned green, the vehicle performed multiple quick lane changes and the officer continued to observe a physical altercation between both occupants as they strike one another with their fists and forearms. The officer performed an investigative traffic stop of the vehicle to ensure the occupants were safe and uninjured.

As the officer approached the vehicle, he saw a male adult driver and an adult female in the passenger seat. The officer observed the female breathing heavily with tears in her eyes and asked both occupants what was happening inside of the vehicle and if everyone was ok. Both occupants stated that nothing was happening and demanded to know why they were being stopped.

The officer told the driver and the passenger that he saw the front passenger door open and then observed the altercation between both occupants. Because the officer was investigating a crime (battery to an individual), the officer requested the identification of both occupants. Under Illinois law, police officials have a statutory duty to investigate crimes and criminal conduct. To fulfill this responsibility, police officials identify suspects and collect personally identifiable information about them. Officers are permitted to demand the name and identification of persons involved in potential criminal activity.

The male driver provided his driver’s license while the female passenger refused to provide any information. The officer asked the female passenger numerous times to provide her name. The officer explained to the female that he needed to ensure the occupants of the vehicle were safe and needed to know who was in the vehicle before he released them from the scene.

At that time, both occupants of the vehicle became extremely irate and began yelling at the officers and telling him that he had no right to ask the female’s birthday.

Because the vehicle’s occupants became irate, additional officers were requested to the scene.

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