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Kyle Vinson, Man Injured In Violent Aurora Police Arrest, Doesn’t Understand Why He Was ‘Brutalized’

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – It has been a week-and-a-half since Kyle Vinson was taken to the hospital after being pistol-whipped and choked by an Aurora police officer during an arrest, and the stitches are out. But the 29-year-old says he’s still confused about why he was, in his words, “brutalized.”

Just after he left a Starbucks on July 23, Vinson says he was suddenly ordered to sit down by Officer John Haubert and Officer Francine Martinez, who have since been arrested for their alleged actions on that day. (Haubert has resigned from the force and Martinez is on leave amid an internal affairs investigation.)

Vinson said he had no idea that he was trespassing. But that’s what the officers told him was happening.

Two other people were also ordered to sit as well, and after all three gave their names, those two ran away. Vinson stayed put and tried to follow orders.

“That’s the mind boggle of it,” Vinson said in an interview with CBS4’s Karen Morfitt on Tuesday.

“I gave him my name, and I’m just waiting. And then the other two ran. And I didn’t even run, I just sat there. And then he just comes up to me and it went from there.”

What went on next was captured by a police body camera, and it is hard to watch for Vinson. When he first saw it he was shocked by how much blood was coming from his head after he’d been hit by Haubert’s pistol.

“He told me to get on the ground and I got on the ground and I was like ‘What did I do?’ And they didn’t tell me what I did.”

“And then before I knew it I was on my face with a hand to the back of my head and a pistol to my head.”

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