A Black woman who was removed from her car at gunpoint with her underage family members by Aurora, Colorado, police officers last year has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city and police officials.
The woman, Brittney Gilliam, had taken her younger sister, her daughter, and her nieces for a “Sunday Funday” in August when Aurora officers, their guns drawn, ordered her and the girls to lie face down, according to the lawsuit, which was filed Monday in Arapahoe County. Bystanders posted a video of the incident last year that showed four girls in the group on the ground, some handcuffed, crying, and screaming as officers surrounded them.
Gilliam alleges in her lawsuit that officers searched her and the girls at gunpoint without probable cause or evidence of a crime, targeting the family because they were Black.
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