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Aurora, Colorado, police officer John Haubert has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault by strangulation, felony menacing, official misconduct, and official oppression. Haubert reportedly pistol whipped, choked and drove the barrel of his gun into a trespassing suspect. Officer Francine Martinez has been charged with failing to intervene and failing to report the use of force in connection with the incident.

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  1. John Haubert has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault by strangulation, felony menacing, official misconduct, and official oppression.

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  2. It’s not like he was a convicted criminal when they hired him.

    1. That picture of him screams psychopath.

      1. He looks like the Kingpin from the Netflix Marvel stuff.

    2. Thanks for the link!

      I’d say Democrat mayors are doing a horrible job of writing the police procedures, hiring, training and managing their police, along with their DA’s inability, or choice, to not prosecute a lot of crime.

      After all, the Democrats came up with Defund the Police, because they don’t want people to realize the problem is the Democrat city machines that tell the police what to do.

      For example, look at John Haubert. He shouldn’t be working for the government. Sometimes it makes me think they’re hiring criminals they have something on, so they will break the law when asked.

    3. Once they let go of the anti-tattoo regulations, the quality of police candidates has continued to slide down.

  3. Francine gets a pass; she was looking out for any random dogs, and didn’t see a thing.

  4. Officer Francine Martinez has been charged with failing to intervene and failing to report the use of force in connection with the incident.

    That’s not fair. If he had intervened and reported the incident he’d have been fired and blackballed, never to work in law enforcement again. But because the case got media attention he’s being criminally charged? Not fair at all.

    1. This is true. However police still need to be policing themselves. I once had to turn in a coworker for an offense and it still keeps me up at night. But I was not a cop. The problem with modern policing is that we no longer hold the police to a higher standard.

      I once told the story here of a friend who quit his first week on the job as a police officer, his lifelong dream, because of corruption. He left and got a job the next town over.

      But I also worked for an ex-cop who retired and started his own business. Every time he would see the phrase “to protect and serve” he would get visibly angry. Never knew his history with the police, but I seemed like the motto was a very bad joke to him.

      1. However police still need to be policing themselves. I once had to turn in a coworker for an offense and it still keeps me up at night. But I was not a cop.

        I think the ‘three felonies a day’ issue comes into play as well. I once unwittingly snitched on a fellow employee and got them fired (I came in on a weekend to an empty office and apparently they’d been clocking in regularly on weekends and going home). It’s not my money and I’m not aware of all the circumstances but, similar to you, it bugged me for a while. I said I was the only one there but it’s not like I went around checking the restrooms, locker rooms, shipping & receiving, cold storage, etc. If you catch your partner sitting in a bar on duty is that a reportable offense that may/should get him fired? What if it’s an hour before the shift’s over on Friday? What if it’s every Friday?

    2. I know it’s sometimes hard to tell these days, but wouldn’t Francine be a she?

  5. Given the number of incidences such as this (though, admittedly uncommon), I know I am not the only one wondering how much more common they were before body cameras on police came into use.

    Or are these (again, admittedly few) officers so assured of their being shielded from prosecution that they don’t really give a damn?

    1. It’s definitely the latter.

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9865509/New-Hampshire-police-chief-forced-apologize-recruitment-pitch-Facebook.html

      Police department was forced to apologize for advertising qualified immunity as a perk of the job.

      “Come join the police force! You can stomp all over those petty rights the little people claim to have, and nothing else will happen! We got your back, prosecutors got your back, and judges too!”

      1. +

  6. Nice photos of the two cops. Apparently, only the best and brightest achieve the position of police officer in Aurora, Colorado.

    1. Too bad it’s not video of them dancing the federal felon shuffle.

  7. Litmus test;

    Is Black Lives Matter pitching a tantrum about the incident? If so, the officer was justified. If not, he’s guilty as a cat in an aquarium.

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