DENVER (AP) — Five Colorado police agencies paid $25,000 and issued an apology to a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang after an officer joked that he’d shoot the man to get paid vacation.
Hells Angels member Anthony Mills filed a lawsuit in April after an incident two years earlier in which Officer David Miller pulled him over for speeding.
Mills’ attorney, Sarah Schielke, said in a statement that Miller asked the other officers to turn their body cameras off before they shared stories about the violent acts they have committed against members of the Hells Angels.
Miller then announced to the group that if Mills behaved in a manner he didn’t like, the officer would shoot him, according to footage from Miller’s body camera, which he left on.
“’I’m shooting him! I need some paid vacation!” Miller said on the body camera footage.
Miller filed his suit against the city of Greeley, the town of LaSalle, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office and individual officers from those jurisdictions and the Kersey and Garden City police departments, the Denver Post reported Friday.
Miller has since resigned from the department, Schielke said.