Daily Beast: Police in Colorado have been forced to apologize after a shocking viral video showed officers detaining four clearly distressed young Black girls—one only 6 years old—and keeping them face-down on the pavement of a hot Denver-area parking lot after mistaking their vehicle as stolen.
The Gilliam family was reportedly in Aurora to get their nails done—but, before they could reach an open salon, the four girls, who are siblings and cousins, were ordered at gunpoint by white officers to lie face-down in the parking lot. Two were handcuffed. In the video, the girls, who are between 6 and 17 years old, can be heard screaming for their mom as several of the police stand over them.
Black woman whose family was handcuffed at gunpoint by Aurora, Colorado, police sues city.— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) January 25, 2021
Brittney Gilliam had taken her family for a “Sunday funday” when officers with guns drawn ordered her & the four underage girls with her to exit the car: @DohaMadanihttps://t.co/0oVGMxCf2G
“I want my mother!” one of the girls can be heard wailing. “Can’t I have my sister next to me?” another one of them cries. “This is my fucking car,” one shouts from the ground.
The reason for seizing a whole family? Police Chief Vanessa Wilson claimed in a statement that the Gilliam SUV’s plates matched those of a stolen motorcycle registered in another state, and the officers didn’t realize their mistake until after they had forced the girls from the car and made them lie on the hot pavement of the parking lot. Once they figured it out, Wilson said, they said sorry to the girls.
The Denver Post reports the Gilliam car had a Colorado license plate, while a Montana motorcycle with the same plate number was the vehicle that had been reported as stolen. read more..