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Judge Rules Police Were Allowed To Stop Cars During Robber Search

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Innocent bystanders handcuffed at the intersection of Iliff and Buckley (credit: CBS)

Innocent bystanders handcuffed at the intersection of Iliff and Buckley (credit: CBS)

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AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A federal judge says Aurora police did nothing wrong when they stopped 20 cars while searching for a bank robber.

A bank was robbed at Buckley and Illiff in June. Officers stopped nearly two dozen cars at a red light and ordered everyone inside out of the car at gunpoint. Some sat on the sidewalk for nearly two hours.

Police arrested Christian Paetsch, 45, from Centennial.

christian paetsch Judge Rules Police Were Allowed To Stop Cars During Robber Search

Christian Paetsch (credit: The Aurora Sentinel)

A federal judge ruled Friday he would not second guess the officers’ decision and says the stops were not unreasonable or unconstitutional.

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