Aurora police officer fired for failing to intervene in violent July arrest

By: - August 13, 2021 4:45 am

A screenshot taken of a body-camera video released publicly on July 27, 2021, showing Aurora police officer John Haubert choking an unarmed man after hitting him repeatedly on the head with his pistol.

An Aurora police officer has been fired for failure to intervene after a fellow officer violently detained an unarmed man in July.

Officer Francine Martinez was fired on Thursday after an internal investigation found that she failed to intervene when former officer John Haubert beat, choked and pistol-whipped an unarmed civilian on July 23 while responding to a trespassing call. 


The arrest was captured on body-camera footage and released by the police department during a media briefing on July 27. The victim, 29-year-old Kyle Vinson, can be heard pleading with the officers, telling them he couldn’t breath and yelling that they were going to kill him. 

Martinez is being criminally charged with two misdemeanor offenses for failure to intervene and report use of force, according to Aurora police Chief Vanessa Wilson. Martinez has been with the department for six years.

Haubert, who was with the department since 2018, is being charged with three felony charges and two misdemeanors, as well as a mandatory sentencing enhancement charge. He was released from jail on a $50,000 bond on July 26, according to court records.

He resigned from his position on July 29, according to a police press release.


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Moe Clark
Moe Clark

Moe Clark is a freelance journalist and former Colorado Newsline reporter who covered criminal justice, housing, homelessness and other social issues.