Colorado cop filmed beating and threatening to kill bloodied suspect quits


Aurora Police Officer John Haubert, 39, was placed on administrative leave without pay

John Haubert, 39, has resigned from the Aurora Police Department following his assault arrest

A Colorado police officer has quit two days after body camera footage of him beating and threatening to shoot a bloodied suspect was made public.

The Aurora Police Department announced on Thursday that John Haubert, 39, had resigned from his post. 

On Tuesday, the department released graphic body camera footage showing him forcing suspect Kyle Maurice to the ground, choking him and eventually hitting him with the butt of his gun until he bled from his head and started crying.

The 29-year-old was reportedly struck by the pistol about 13 times, and required six stitches, officials announced Tuesday.

Haubert was charged Monday with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault, felony menacing, official oppression and official misconduct. He turned himself in that night, and is now out on bail.

An Internal Affairs investigation into his behavior will continue, officials said, after which time Chief Vanessa Wilson will make her final decision on whether he violated department policy and what punishment he would have faced had he not resigned.

‘I hope the transparency that we’re giving you here today, as well as the swift action by our police department can make some of you believe we are trying to do the right thing,’ Wilson told 9 News. ‘We are trying to reform and we are trying to make a difference.’

Police body camera footage shows Haubert and his partner Francine Martinez, 40, approaching three men as they were investigating a trespassing call on Friday afternoon

Police body camera footage shows Haubert and his partner Francine Martinez, 40, approaching three men as they were investigating a trespassing call on Friday afternoon

After two of the men fled, Haubert could be seen pushing Kyle Maurice Vinson to the ground

After two of the men fled, Haubert could be seen pushing Kyle Maurice Vinson to the ground

Soon, Haubert is seen grabbing Vinson, 29, by the neck with one hand and pressing the muzzle of his gun on the back of Vinson's head with the other

Soon, Haubert is seen grabbing Vinson, 29, by the neck with one hand and pressing the muzzle of his gun on the back of Vinson’s head with the other

He could be heard ordering Vinson to put his hands out in front of him, before hitting him in the head with the muzzle of his gun as Vinson insists he did not do anything

He could be heard ordering Vinson to put his hands out in front of him, before hitting him in the head with the muzzle of his gun as Vinson insists he did not do anything

On Tuesday, the Aurora Police Department released graphic body camera footage of the incident, with Wilson saying: ‘What you are going to see is going to anger you, it may even bring you to tears.

‘I know that I felt myself welling up with tears as well as anger.’  

The footage shows Haubert and his partner Francine Martinez, 40, responding to a trespassing call at 2.16pm on Friday near Peoria, where they encountered three suspects, including Vinson.

Two of the suspects ran after Martinez reportedly discovered that they had warrants, at which point Haubert could be seen pushing Vinson – who did not try to flee  – to the ground, and demands that he rolls over on his stomach, as Vinson asks: ‘Whoa, what the h*** did I do.’

Soon, Haubert is seen grabbing Vinson by the neck with one hand and pressing the muzzle of his gun on the back of Vinson’s head with the other, ordering him to put his hands out in front of him, as Vinson insists he does not have a warrant on him.

Haubert could then be seen hitting Vinson with the gun multiple times.

With blood streaking down his face, Vinson could be seen beginning to cry, saying: ‘You’re killing me bro.’

Haubert reportedly held Vinson down and strangled him for 39 seconds, as Vinson began to lose consciousness

Haubert reportedly held Vinson down and strangled him for 39 seconds, as Vinson began to lose consciousness 

The video clearly shows Vinson with a large welt on the right side of his head

The video clearly shows Vinson with a large welt on the right side of his head

Eventually, a third officer showed up and handcuffed Vinson, taking him into custody and bringing him to a local hospital for treatment

Eventually, a third officer showed up and handcuffed Vinson, taking him into custody and bringing him to a local hospital for treatment

Meanwhile, Haubert once again ordered him to ‘Get over on your face,’ holding him by his sleeve, at which point Vinson insists he did not have a warrant and says ‘I can’t go to jail for something I didn’t do.’

Haubert, though, continued to hold Vinson down, telling him that if he moves, he would shoot him, to which Vinson replies: ‘I didn’t even run.’

He clearly had a large welt on the right side of his head, and as he tried to get up, Haubert grabbed him by the leg and flipped him back onto the ground.

Eventually, a third officer arrives on the scene, and proceeds to handcuff Vinson, as he says: ‘I was just fighting for my life, guys.’

Vinson was reportedly struck by the pistol about 13 times, officials announced Tuesday, and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

His injuries included a bruise and cut to the forehead, his right eye swollen half shut and bruised, a cut to the top of his head that required five stiches, and bruising on his chest.

Haubert reportedly held Vinson down and strangled him for a total of 39 seconds before the other officer showed up and struck Vinson with a taser, and he was taken into custody.

He was reportedly unarmed at the time, and Wilson said she believed Vinson was unaware of a warrant out for his arrest at the time. 

It was issued on June 8, according to 9 News, after he failed to comply with the conditions of a deferred judgment that was granted in April 2019 for a prior domestic violence incident.

Martinez is now charged with failing her duty to intervene and duty to report use of force. She has been suspended from the department with pay. 

Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson announced charges against Haubert in a Tuesday news conference, before publicizing the body camera footage

Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson announced charges against Haubert in a Tuesday news conference, before publicizing the body camera footage

Haubert previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for pointing a gun at his roommate while drinking in 2009. Less than a decade later, the Denver Channel reports, he was hired to serve on the police department.

The hiring process is conducted by Aurora’s Civil Service Commission, which said in a statement to the local news station: ‘None of the current commissioners on the Civil Service Commission were involved in authorizing the hire of Officer Haubert in 2018. However, it is worth noting that all officers in the State of Colorado must become POST certified.’

Under POST training, short for Peace Officers Standards and Trainings, the civil service commission runs a background check on a prospective hire across FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation databases for felony and misdemeanor charges.

The misdemeanor charge Haubert pleaded guilty to, though, is not one that would prevent him from being POST certified, authorities said.

They noted: ‘We intend to evaluate the background process currently in place and how to ensure decisions regarding hiring public servants will have the best possible outcome for the community.’ 



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