The Denver Publish
An Arapahoe County jury discovered a former Aurora police officer responsible of a misdemeanor Friday for failing to cease one other officer from pistol-whipping and choking an unarmed man.
Francine Martinez was convicted of failure to intervene — the primary legislation enforcement officer to be convicted by a jury of the cost created underneath the landmark police accountability bill handed after the 2020 George Floyd protests.
Martinez did not stop fellow former officer, John Haubert, from beating Kyle Vinson along with his responsibility pistol, choking him and threatening to kill him, despite the fact that the person by no means tried to harm or threaten the officer.
Haubert and Martinez had been dispatched to a trespassing name on July 23, 2021, and contacted three males. Two of the boys fled when the officers tried to arrest them on warrants, however Vinson stayed put, physique digicam footage of the incident exhibits.
The person “was not putting, punching or kicking Officer Haubert” and was not making any life-threatening actions towards the officers, the arrest affidavits authored by an Aurora police detective state. After the arrest, Martinez was fired from the police division and Haubert resigned.
“On this case, Officer Martinez had a front-row seat to the brutal assault of Mr. Vinson by the hands of her fellow officer,” Vinson’s attorneys at Rathod Mohamedbhai stated in a press release. “Her failure to guard Mr. Vinson was unconscionable and in violation of her primary duties.”
Martinez is scheduled for a June 2 sentencing listening to, at which she faces a most sentence of 364 days in jail and a $1,000 wonderful.
“Officers have an obligation to intervene in conditions like this,” Chief Deputy District Lawyer Brian Sugioka stated in a information launch. “Officer Martinez didn’t do something to de-escalate the state of affairs and cease the assault.”
Aurora metropolis leaders already paid $850,000 to settle civil claims introduced by Vinson, metropolis spokesman Ryan Luby stated.
Haubert in June pleaded not responsible to 6 prices — together with felony assault and menacing prices — and is scheduled for trial in November.