A handful of cops in Aurora learned a hard lesson about police brutality this week, discovering that deranged Punisher LARP-ing is all fun and games until it's time to pay up.
Nearly three-and-a-half years after Brittney Gilliam, her daughter, her sister and her two nieces, respectively aged 6, 17, 14 and 12, were forced out of their car and onto the ground at gunpoint after officers wrongfully believed she had stolen her vehicle, Aurora Police announced that they had reached a $1.9 million settlement with the family.
"Aurora cops need to spend less time on the gun range and more time in the law library. Our hope is that police officers all over the country learn that law enforcement needs to use common sense, especially when dealing with children," David Lane, Gillam’s attorney, told NBC News of the incident, in which Gillam, her sister and her 12-year old niece were all wrongfully handcuffed. "A robo-cop mentality will lead to huge liability."
But beyond these cops’ apparent passion for brutality, Lane cited “inexcusable racial profiling” as a key element in this terrifying scenario, one that left the family screaming and crying during what was supposed to be a “Sunday funday” outing.
“When the race of the occupants of a vehicle causes guns to be drawn, a line has been crossed which will result in huge consequences for the police,” he said.
So take it from these soon-to-be broke officers — crime doesn’t pay, but rather, pays out.