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Commission upholds firing of Aurora police officer who left restrained woman facedown in patrol car

Former officer Levi Huffine’s decision to ignore pleas for help were inhumane, commission finds
Posted at 10:26 PM, Oct 06, 2020

A fired Aurora police officer who ignored pleas for help by a restrained woman who fell face-first onto the floorboard of a patrol car will not return to the department, the city’s civil service commission ruled Tuesday.

The former officer, Levi Huffine, appealed Chief Vanessa Wilson’s Feb. 24 decision to fire him, but the commission found Huffine’s “callous and intentional disregard for the safety and well-being of (the woman) was so egregious that the ultimate sanction of termination was warranted.”

Huffine arrested the woman on Aug. 27, 2019, on suspicion of violating municipal codes in connection with a fight. After she became combative when placed in the back of the patrol car, Huffine and other officers used a hobble to connect her legs and her handcuffed hands to a waist belt. Officers placed her on her side in the back of the car.

During the ride, the woman fell facedown to the floorboard of the car. For 21 minutes, the woman remained in that position while she yelled for help and said she couldn’t breathe.

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