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Two US police officers face charges for bloody arrest in Colorado

Stills taken from body camera footage released by the Aurora Police Department show an unarmed suspect as he was beat and choked by arresting officers during a trespassing call in Aurora, Colorado, US, July 23, 2021. (Via Aurora Police Department)

Another video footage has surfaced about US police violence showing two officers choking a man and aiming a gun at his head, while tying to arrest him in Colorado.

The officers from the Aurora Police Department (APD) were charged in connection with the incredibly brutal arrest of Kyle Vinson, according to police Chief Vanessa Wilson.

In a rare incident, Wilson played a footage that was caught on police body camera, during a press conference.

She warned that it is “very disturbing” and would “shock the conscience.” 

“What you’re going to see is going to anger you, and may even bring you to tears,” she said.

“We’re disgusted. We’re angry. This is not police work. We don’t train this, it’s not acceptable,” Wilson added.

The video shows the officers — John Raymond Haubert, and Francine Ann Martinez — were trying to restrain Vinson after a trespassing report, with one striking him multiple times.

The male officer held a gun directly to his head, who stated repeatedly, “I didn't do anything," "I can't breathe" and "You're killing me," according to the video.

Blood streamed from the man's head as lumps formed.

Officer Haubert was charged with attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault, felony menacing, official oppression, and first-degree official misconduct, according to police.

Martinez was charged with two misdemeanors — failing to intervene and failing to report use of force by a peace officer.

Martinez is on paid leave and Haubert on unpaid leave, the APD said.

In an incident in February, an APD police officer was fired for using excessive force during an arrest months earlier.

Another video was also released on Monday, showing an Atlanta police officer kicking a handcuffed black woman in the face.

The officers were taken off the streets this week after the video clip of the incident on Monday was placed on social media and went viral.

Police brutality have sparked mass protests across the US in recent years.

One of the most high-profile cases that led to the death of African American, George Floyd in May last year, sparked angry protest across the US and the world.

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was lately convicted of murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Floyd.

Prosecutors in Minnesota called actions by Chauvin an "egregious abuse" of his position, saying, “Defendant's conduct was also particularly cruel.”

The protests evolved into a nationwide battle between progressives and far-right groups, after former president Donald Trump took a hard-line stance against the anti-racism protests.

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