The Aurora, Colorado police officer fired for excessive use of force in an incident involving Taser
Officer Robert Rosen assisted a colleague who tried to arrest a man who allegedly had broken into an Aurora supermarket. Rosen hit the man multiple times and used his taser five times for a total of 27 seconds, according to the APD statement and body camera video of the incident received from CNN.
The body camera video of the responding officer shows the man running away from him before he is arrested and brought to the ground. The officer repeatedly asked the man to shake hands and arms, but the man refused for almost two minutes before Rosen arrives in the supermarket aisle.
The first officer asks Rosen if he can help secure the man’s arms. Then Rosen can be seen punching the man in the ribs with a closed fist before putting his taser on him.
“During the arrest, Officer Rosen never tried to use less force, nor did he make any attempts to de-escalate the situation in accordance with the training of the Aurora Police,” the APD noted in its statement.
After securing the man’s arms and handcuffing him, the officers brought him to his feet and led him out of the supermarket, as shown in the video with the body camera. The man was slightly injured during the arrest and was taken to a local hospital for examination and treatment, according to the APD.
An investigation is ongoing
Following the incident, Rosen’s actions were reviewed by the department’s Force Review Board, which, according to the APD, recommended an internal investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau.
The internal investigation found that Rosen was unable to activate his body camera when he arrived at the supermarket and “did not document his justifications for any use of force during the arrest,” the department notes.
“Members of the Aurora Police Department have worked tirelessly to restore confidence in our community, and I want to thank the officials who do it right every day. Mr. Rosen’s actions were in direct contradiction to those efforts,” said Chief Vanessa Wilson in the declaration of termination. “The bad decisions he made that day are not up to the high standards that the community and I expect from my officers.”
The District Attorney’s Office for the 18th Judicial District has also completed its criminal review of the incident, so no criminal charges have been brought against Rosen.
Attempts to reach Rosen on Thursday night were unsuccessful and a call to the law firm listed as the Aurora Police Association’s legal representative was not returned.