John Haubert Resigns From Aurora Police Force After Pistol-Whipping Captured On Body Cam

An Aurora, Colorado, police officer resigned Thursday after body cam footage of him allegedly beating an unarmed Black man was released earlier this week.

In the footage, John Haubert is shown allegedly striking the man with a pistol until his head was bloodied and swollen.

Haubert is facing charges of attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault, felony menacing, official oppression and first-degree official misconduct.

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Aurora, Colorado, Police Officer John Haubert, who is facing multiple charges, resigned Thursday. Arapahoe Sheriff

The beating occurred during an arrest when two men who were with victim Kyle Vinson were shown fleeing the scene. Soon after the two fled, Haubert allegedly wrestled Vinson to the ground, striking him until Vinson yelled, "You're killing me."

Denver's KMGH-TV reported that in 2009, Haubert was arrested for alleged felony menacing with a real and/or simulated weapon, driving under the influence, and prohibited use of a gun while drunk. He agreed to a plea deal for the first two charges, ultimately paying fines and serving three months of probation along with 24 hours of community service.

Haubert was released from jail on bond this week.

Aurora is the same town where the unarmed Elijah McClain died in 2019 after police restrained him in a carotid hold and administered ketamine, following a 911 call of a "suspicious person." McClain's death brought increased attention following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer last summer.