Aurora Police Chief Wilson was disappointed with the dismissal of charges against five alleged barricade suspects, FOX31 Denver
AURORA, Colorado (KDVR) – An Adams County judge denied kidnapping allegations against those who captured 18 Aurora officers in District 1 for more than seven hours on July 3.
“I am very disappointed. I was hoping this case would continue. We respect the legal process and we have to respect that, ”Wilson told FOX31 on Friday. “But I feel the opportunity was a reasonable one for a jury of peers. I was hoping that would happen and it didn’t. So I hope the prosecutor will take up these outstanding charges and hold these people accountable for what happened that evening. “
During a demonstration in July, several charges were dropped against five people who allegedly had barricaded officers in an Aurora police station.
5 charged with multiple charges of allegedly barricading officers at the Aurora Police Station
According to the DA office, about 600 protesters surrounded APD District One station at 13347 E. Montview Blvd. The organizers described the event as a “job,” said the DA office.
“They prevented 18 officers from leaving the building by barricading entrances and fastening doors with wires, ropes, boards, picnic tables and sandbags. Some members of the group carried handguns and rifles and wore military or tactical clothing, ”the DA office said in a statement on September 17, 2020.
They blocked the streets around the police station with vehicles and objects from a nearby construction site, the DA office said.
Watch: Protest against charges against 5 defendants who barricaded Aurora PD station
“I hope this goes forward because this cannot happen again. I wonder what we, law enforcement officials, should do when our district is disabled and I have 18 officers unable to get out. “Said Wilson. “I have a whole cemetery shift of people who cannot come in to get their uniforms and their body-worn cameras. And there are people who need us, they call for help in our city. It is their police department that is being surrounded. I need to know if I shouldn’t react with violence and if I should de-escalate a situation, then these people have to be held accountable for their actions that evening. “
Wilson sent an email for internal viewing but was published. She reached out to her officials and let them know that she values them.
“We responded appropriately by not escalating the incident and yet it seems we are not going to get justice that evening and I am really sorry. I want the community to know that as a civil servant you are indispensable and that those who commit crimes against you must be tried and held accountable. Should this be the case in the future, we will bring charges again, ”she wrote in the email.
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