A Colorado police division the place officers had been fired after re-enacting the chokehold demise of a younger Black man is beneath scrutiny once more after video emerged of an officer pulling a gun on a physician attempting to park at a refugee heart he operates.
Police physique digicam video launched by Dr. P.J. Parmar’s lawyer in addition to Parmar’s personal cellphone video present a white Aurora police officer recognized as J. Henderson pointing a gun at Parmar, who’s Indian American, on March 1 after Parmar honked on the officer’s police automobile parked in his manner.
Within the video, the officer walks to Parmar’s automobile, says “Let me see your (expletive) arms. What are you doing?” and orders him to remain within the automobile. Parmar is heard explaining that he owns the property and telling the officer to depart. Parmar then will get out, walks round to a door on one facet of the constructing, punches in a safety code and goes inside.
The video reveals the officer trying bewildered after Parmar leaves his automobile. After different officers arrive to assist, the officer is heard saying that he might ticket Parmar for careless driving since he pulled into the parking space the incorrect manner.
Aurora police have declined to touch upon the incident as a result of it’s the topic of an inside investigation. The probe is being carried out because the division’s arrest and subsequent demise of Elijah McClain is being reviewed by the state lawyer normal on the request of Gov. Jared Polis. Federal authorities are additionally contemplating whether or not to launch a civil rights investigation into his demise.
Parmar’s lawyer, David Lane, final week despatched a letter to the police division urging them to take a seat down and discuss what occurred by Friday or face a federal lawsuit.
Parmar, the son of Indian immigrants and who additionally has Canadian citizenship, stated he was extra annoyed and irritated with the officer’s actions than afraid. Parmar, who treats refugees at a medical clinic in his heart, believes his race affected how he was handled and fears he would have been handled worse if his pores and skin was darker.
Parmar stated he was too embarrassed to share his video on the time, however posted a written description of what occurred on Fb quickly afterward. In Might, he determined to place the video on social media.
Pamar stated his state consultant, Dominique Jackson, learn his written description and introduced it to the eye of interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson, who opened an investigation into the incident.
Parmar first shared the video on-line earlier than nationwide protests over racial injustice erupted following the Might 25 demise of George Floyd. He stated the video didn’t get a lot of a response at first, however has seen extra because the elevated scrutiny of police abuse of energy.
Some folks submit feedback saying he ought to have been extra docile, Parmar stated. However, he thinks that may have solely emboldened the officer to behave extra forcefully in opposition to him.
“Oppressors can solely oppress once they have an viewers, a sufferer, and I wasn’t going to be his viewers that evening,” he stated.