AURORA, IL — A video posted Saturday evening on Facebook appears to show an unconscious woman suffering from seizures while being arrested by Aurora police. The two-and-a-half-minute video, taken by a passenger in a car driving by the arrest, shows a man screaming for people to “record this” as he is arrested along the side of the road after a traffic stop.
“She’s on the ground passed out, record this,” the man yells.
As the vehicle filming the arrest moves forward, Aurora police officers are seen sitting up a woman, who appears to be unconscious as her hands are cuffed behind her back.
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Officers then lay the woman down and stood over her for about a minute as the man being arrested repeatedly yelled for someone to help her. About two minutes into the video, the woman appears to suffer seizures as an Aurora officer holds her up in a sitting position.
“They choked her out … no reason, no probable cause,” the man says to those recording the arrest.
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The video was posted Saturday night, but it is unclear exactly where or when it was taken.
Aurora Police Department spokesperson Paris Lewbel said Sunday that “the video on Facebook does not show what happened,” adding the department will soon release a statement and footage taken by cameras on police vehicles.
“Neither offender had any pressure applied to their neck nor were restrained in any way that could prevent them from breathing,” Lewbel said.
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The arrest Saturday came just three days after the department released a summary of its policies. In the post Wednesday, police officials said officers are banned from using chokeholds and are “trained to apply force only as a last resort.”
Police Chief Kristen Ziman has also pledged to create an online portal to publish information on complaints against Aurora officers and investigations into police misconduct.
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However, the new portal is not expected to include the results of Office of Professional Standards investigations into officers’ use of force. The OPS is tasked with investigating any incident in which an officer uses force or makes a “show of force,” like removing their gun from its holster, according to department policy.