A police officer in Aurora, Colorado, admitted Thursday to ignoring a Black woman’s cries for help after she fell head-first while hogtied in the back of a patrol car for nearly 21 minutes in August 2019. Video footage of the incident, first shown by the city on Tuesday, is part of an appeal hearing for former police officer Levi Huffine, who was fired over the incident in February.
The video, timestamped shortly before 5:30 p.m. on August 27, 2019, begins with a woman later identified as 28-year-old Shataean Kelly kneeling on the ground with her hands in the air after allegedly getting into a fight with another woman.
Huffine handcuffs her, and when the audio picks up roughly 30 seconds in, Huffine is heard saying he had deployed his Taser. When Kelly tried to tell the officer that she wasn’t responsible for the incident that police responded to, he told