Driver who was stopped for a missing license plate also had an active arrest warrant.
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After partial cellphone video of a traffic stop was posted online, police in Aurora, Illinois, released their dashcam video of the incident that resulted in two people being charged with battery against a police officer.
A police officer on patrol spotted a black Nissan sedan driving without a front license plate, Aurora Police said in a statement posted online. The officer performed a traffic stop on the vehicle just after 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. The department posted its own video on YouTube.
“Over the weekend, a video of a portion of the traffic stop appeared on social media. The video, which was recorded on the driver’s cellphone, only shows a portion of the traffic stop and does not explain the circumstances or show the totality of the incident.
“As a part of Aurora Police’s mission to share the full story and be transparent to our community, we are releasing the video from our squad cameras that show the entirety of the stop,” police said.
“During the course of the traffic stop,” police said, “the officer learned the driver had an active arrest warrant. The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle, but she refused. Backup units arrived … and ordered the driver out of the vehicle, but she continued to refuse. She eventually exited the vehicle, but actively resisted arrest.”
As officers attempted to handcuff the driver, police say she struck one officer in the chest with her elbow, and “tried to get a grip on one of the officer’s necks,” though it isn’t entirely clear from the video. She was then taken to the ground.
“While the officers were on the ground with the driver,” police said, “the 16-year-old passenger jumped out of the car through the driver’s door and attempted to get his arm around the male officer’s neck. The officer pushed the teenager back and attempted to grab him to take him into custody.
“The officer pulled his taser from his holster and activated the front laser, a de-escalation feature of the device. The taser was pointed at the 16-year-old but never fired, and the 16-year-old immediately began to comply by laying on his stomach. He was taken into custody without further incident.”
The driver, 20-year-old Rosemary Green, “was arrested on the active warrant without further incident,” police said. She was further charged with aggravated battery against a police officer and resisting or obstructing a police officer, both felonies, and unlawful possession of cannabis by a driver, a misdemeanor.
The 16-year-old, who was not named, faces felony charges of aggravated battery against a police officer and resisting or obstructing a police officer.