The Aurora police officer who hit him repeatedly used taser on a man lying on the floor – the Denver Post
Within seconds of arriving last August and without a word, former Aurora police officer Robert Rosen began slamming his fist against the side of the man lying on the grocery store floor.
Rosen did not try to de-escalate the situation with the man accused of trespassing, nor did he give verbal instructions before slapping the man in the ribs. He then repeatedly used a taser on the man, according to a review of the incident by Aurora Police.
On Thursday, Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson fired Rosen for excessive use of force against the man, as well as Rosen’s failure to turn on his body camera, lack of documentation as to why he used the taser and hit the man, and poor performance.
“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,” Wilson said in a statement. “Mr. Rosen’s actions were in direct contradiction to these efforts. The bad decisions he made that day do not meet the high standards that the ward and I expect from my officers. “
Rosen, who joined the department in 2017, was the second officer to respond to a call from employees at a King Soopers grocery store about the man they were about to leave on Aug. 10. The first officer contacted the man and pulled him to the ground after trying to run. The man spoke incoherently while lying face down on the floor and did not obey the first officer’s orders to take his arms out from under him, as the video shows.
Rosen arrived at the scene and immediately hit the man in the rib. He then used his taser five times for the man for a total of 27 seconds, the department said.
“Officer Rosen did not attempt any lesser means of violence,” said a summary of the incident.
The prosecutors of the 18th judicial prosecutor’s office reviewed the incident and decided not to accuse Rosen of any crime, according to the police department. Rosen’s actions caused the man minor injuries, according to the department.
Rosen is at least the eighth police officer Wilson sacked since she was appointed interim chief of the department on December 30, 2019. On August 3, she was finally appointed to the position.