AURORA, Illinois (CBS) – For the first time, a dash cam video was shown at a traffic stop in Aurora last month in which a police officer was attacked.
Aurora Police said late on Monday night, June 21, that an Aurora police officer stopped a car that passed through a stop sign near Plum Street and Randall Road.
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The car entered a driveway on the 600 block of North Elmwood Drive in Aurora and the driver started yelling curses at the officer, police said. The officer saw two passengers in the vehicle.
The rear passenger, a female, got out of the car. The officer ordered her to return several times, then told her she was under arrest for obstruction, police said.
But before the rear passenger could be taken into custody, the driver – a male – also got out of the car and continued to yell obscenities, police said. The driver started to approach the officer in the back of the car and told him he would fight him if he hit the passenger he planned to stop, police said.
The officer told the driver he was also under arrest for obstruction, police said. At that point, the driver ran away and the officer chased him, police said.
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The two passengers in turn followed the officer and yelled curses, police said. The rear passenger approached the officer as they were running, and the officer grabbed her arm to take her into custody, but she slipped away from him, police said.
The two passengers started punching and kicking the officer in the body and head, police said. The officer then heard a man’s voice and was repeatedly punched in the head from several angles, police said.
The rear passenger also put her forearm around the officer’s neck and strangled him to the point that he could not breathe, police said.
The officer was unable to get up until another officer arrived. When they did, the three attackers were all arrested, police said.
The Driver – Paul Sherrod, 28, from Aurora; and the passengers – Jennifer Taylor, 24, of Chicago and Sheba Taylor, 26, of Aurora – were all charged with aggravated bodily harm to a police officer and other counts shortly after their arrest. They are now also charged with attempted first degree murder.
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The officer has been treated and released from the hospital and is back to work.