AURORA, Colo. — A grand jury in Arapahoe County has decided not to indict a white police officer who shot an unarmed black man last March.
37-year-old Naeschylus Vinzant was a parole absconder who had cut off his ankle bracelet when he was surrounded by the SWAT team on March 6.
He was wanted for a domestic violence and robbery case four days earlier when he shot once by Aurora Police Officer Paul Jerothe.
The family of Vinzant tells FOX31 Denver it’s disappointed by the grand jury’s decision.
“If he had been a white man he wouldn`t have been shot,” said Vizant’s mother Paulette Zinnerman, who added, “They`re policemen they`re supposed to protect and serve, and they didn`t do that.”
The family’s attorney, Qusair Mohamedbhai called the grand jury report one-sided, adding “it does not reflect the complexities and the inconsistencies of the statements of the officers from that day.”