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Aurora police officer quits days after release of video showing him beating a man with a pistol during an arrest

An investigation will still be conducted into John Haubert’s use of force after body-camera footage showed him beating a man with a pistol 13 times.

A screenshot from body-worn camera footage shows Officer John Haubert holding a man down by his neck during an arrest July 23. (Provided by Aurora Police Department)
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An Aurora police officer who is facing assault charges after body-worn camera footage captured him striking a man with a pistol 13 times has quit.

John Haubert submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday, according to a news release from the Aurora Police Department.

Haubert was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault and menacing, days after he struck Kyle Maurice Vinson with his pistol, choked him and threatened to kill him, while responding to a trespassing call on July 23. 

In body-worn camera footage released from the department, Vinson is heard crying: “you’re killing me,” before Haubert grabs him by the throat and chokes him until he has trouble breathing. Vinson, 29, is not seen making any threats toward Haubert. 

An internal investigation into Haubert’s misconduct and his use of force on Vinson will continue, the department said. Results from the investigation will be presented to Police Chief Vanessa Wilson, who will then make the final decision as to what discipline Hauert would have received if he had not resigned. 

The chief’s decision will be made public, the release stated. 

Haubert is due in Arapahoe County District Court  for a bond hearing set for Aug. 9.

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