Police in Aurora, Colorado were ordered to fall back during an armed standoff with a dangerous criminal- a bizarre de-escalation attempt to prevent “unnecessary confrontation.”
The Aurora Police Department, which received a boost in training and equipment following the “Dark Knight” shooting that took place almost a decade ago, initially came to the Conservatory-area residence to look into a “felony child abuse investigation.”
APD reported that Eric Burns, 39, “had a valid misdemeanor no bond DV (domestic violence) warrant out of Denver.”
According to CBS Local, the SWAT team arrived with up-armored vehicles and was prepared to siege the home if need be.
After hours of negotiation, Burns released his 6-year-old daughter. Shortly after, multiple police units packed up after command units made a decision to “vacate.”
“We were pretty shocked,” said local resident Jasmine Staats, “We thought for sure they would have arrested someone. It’s quite concerning they would do that. If someone’s got a warrant out for their arrest, why wouldn’t they have been arrested?”
Police have been unable to locate Burns since leaving the scene.
The APD released a statement defending their move, claiming it was in response to protests around the country.
“Members of our community and across the nation have made it very clear that they want their police department to respond differently to some incidents, particularly when there is a possibility of using serious force against a subject,” the statement went on to say.
“Avoiding unnecessary confrontations was now a top priority for the department. Sometimes this means walking away from a situation and utilizing investigative resources to apprehend persons at a later time.”
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