Police in Colorado Springs, Colo. were so clueless when it came to the state’s own open-carry gun laws that they arrested a man carrying a gun in a public park, which violated the man’s 2nd Amendment rights. The man, James Sorensen, in turn, sued the city. He received a $23,000 settlement from the city.
According to WND, the incident occurred at a gay pride event the day after the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting, where a man shot and killed 12 people and injured 70 others.
Sorensen was carrying a handgun on his hip, which caused the police to take him into custody.
In cell phone video recorded by Sorensen’s partner, Sorensen is threatened with violence by the arresting office: “You’re about to get the sh*t kicked out of you.”
(See video at 11:41)
Sorensen counters: “This is against the law! This is against … my Second Amendment rights, sergeant.”
See raw video below:
Denver’s KUSA-TV reported that the four sergeants and three officers involved were simply unaware it’s legal to open carry in city parks. It has been legal since gun laws changed statewide in 2003.
Authorities blamed the mistake on the criminal manual or “cheat sheet” that officers carry which, at the time of the incident, said it was still illegal in Colorado Springs to open carry in a city park, reported WND.