Colorado Cops Charged for Leaving Handcuffed Woman in Patrol Car before it was Struck by Train

Two Colorado cops were charged this week for their role in the incident that left a woman critically injured after she was placed in the back of a patrol car with handcuffs which was then struck by a freight train.

Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, 20, suffered multiple broken bones but survived.

Fort Lupton police officer Jordan Steinke – who placed her in the back of the patrol car – was charged with two felonies, including criminal attempt to commit manslaughter and second degree assault, according to a press release from the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

And Platteville Police Sergeant Pablo Vazquez – who parked the car on the tracks – was charged with several misdemeanors, including five counts of reckless endangerment and one count of obstructing highway or other passageway as well as a pair of traffic citations, including careless driving and parking where prohibited.

Vazquez was hired despite being labeled by colleagues at a previous job as an “incompetent” cop with a “dangerous lack of radio awareness,” according to CBS Colorado.

Rios-Gonzalez was charged with one felony count of menacing for allegedly pulling a gun on another driver in a road rage incident.

The incident took place on September 16 after police received a 911 call from a man claiming a woman in a pickup truck had pulled a gun on him.

Vazquez spotted Rios-Gonzalez in the truck and pulled her over. He said she did not immediately pull over but eventually did after crossing a set of railroad tracks.

Vazquez pulled up behind her, leaving his patrol car parked on the tracks. He then stepped out and ordered her out at gunpoint.

Steinke then pulled up behind his patrol car and stepped out with her gun drawn. She then handcuffed Rios-Gonzalez while Vazquez began searching her truck for the alleged gun.

Meanwhile, the freight train came barreling down the tracks, blowing its horn but body camera footage shows the cops did not immediately react at first.

It was only until moments before the train struck the car that the cops seemed to remember the handcuffed woman in the back seat.

The three suspects each received a summons with a court date and were not arrested, according to the district attorney’s office.

Watch the videos below.

WATCH: Colorado Cop who Parked on Tracks Blames Female Cop for Placing Handcuffed Woman in his Patrol Car before it was Struck by Train

Two Colorado cops were charged this week for their role in the incident that left a woman critically injured after she was placed in the back of a patrol car with handcuffs which was then struck by a freight train.

Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, 20, suffered multiple broken bones but survived.

Fort Lupton police officer Jordan Steinke – who placed her in the back of the patrol car – was charged with two felonies, including criminal attempt to commit manslaughter and second degree assault, according to a press release from the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

And Platteville Police Sergeant Pablo Vazquez – who parked the car on the tracks – was charged with several misdemeanors, including five counts of reckless endangerment and one count of obstructing highway or other passageway as well as a pair of traffic citations, including careless driving and parking where prohibited.

Vazquez was hired despite being labeled by colleagues at a previous job as an “incompetent” cop with a “dangerous lack of radio awareness,” according to CBS Colorado.

Rios-Gonzalez was charged with one felony count of menacing for allegedly pulling a gun on another driver in a road rage incident.

The incident took place on September 16 after police received a 911 call from a man claiming a woman in a pickup truck had pulled a gun on him.

Vazquez spotted Rios-Gonzalez in the truck and pulled her over. He said she did not immediately pull over but eventually did after crossing a set of railroad tracks.

Vazquez pulled up behind her, leaving his patrol car parked on the tracks. He then stepped out and ordered her out at gunpoint.

Steinke then pulled up behind his patrol car and stepped out with her gun drawn. She then handcuffed Rios-Gonzalez while Vazquez began searching her truck for the alleged gun.

Meanwhile, the freight train came barreling down the tracks, blowing its horn but body camera footage shows the cops did not immediately react at first.

It was only until moments before the train struck the car that the cops seemed to remember the handcuffed woman in the back seat.

The three suspects each received a summons with a court date and were not arrested, according to the district attorney’s office.

Watch the videos below.

WATCH: Colorado Cop who Parked on Tracks Blames Female Cop for Placing Handcuffed Woman in his Patrol Car before it was Struck by Train

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2 COMMENTS

  1. a few things that need to be done at the federal level. DOJ are you listening?

    BLUE LIES MAFIA POLICY

    ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE:
    any time an officer is placed on administrative leave it will be UNPAID leave.
    ONLY if laws, policy, civil rights, and/ or rules have NOT been violated, then they will be eligible for back pay.
    IF ANY laws, policy, civil rights, and/ or rules have been violated, then NO back pay.

    PENDING INVESTIGATIONS:
    if an officer is being investigated for _______. the investigation whether pending, started or ended will be considered “OPEN” if they quit before any discipline is handed out. also they will NOT be able to move on to the next agency over or receive retirement funds and any other benefits until pending case is resolved.

    BODY CAMS:
    ALL law enforcement police, FBI, DEA, CBP, ICE and any other law enforcement agency shall have and use body cams.
    body cams will be turned on prior to an incident or as soon as possible and are to NOT be turned off, muted or paused until after the conclusion of the incidence.

    USE OF FORCE:
    MANDATORY MINIMUMS OF 2X the max. shall be enforced upon conviction.

    CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD:
    shall replace internal affairs. it shall have full investigative powers. it shall have the authority to file charges.

    LOCALE DAs/ POLICE:
    will not be able to decide if police are not charged for there crimes. also they will be bared from investigating local cops. they must refer these cases to nan outside investigation.

    POLICE UNION(S):
    shall only be limited to negotiating pay, leave time, vacation, sick leave, benefits. anything else is NON-NEGOTIABLE.

    TRAINING:
    there shall be a 2yr training program. then when hired the first 2yr period is probation with no gun. then the next probation period is a year with gun after they prove themselves to be responsible. so in total it would require 5 yrs. to go from training to fully certified.

    DISCIPLINE/ COMPLAINT RECORDS:
    any and all complaints (founded and unfounded), discipline, suspensions shall be placed in a national database. these records are to be held from training to 20yr after retirement and/or death.

    ………

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