Three people are under arrest for allegedly attacking an Aurora police officer during a traffic stop Monday night in the 600 block of N. Elmwood Drive on the city's west side.
24-year-old Jennifer Taylor, of Chicago, and 26-year-old Sheba Taylor and 28-year-old Paul Sherrod, both of Aurora, are all charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery and resisting arrest.
The Aurora Police Department says an officer pulled a vehicle over after it was said to have rolled through a stop sign at Plum Street and Randall Road. The vehicle pulled into a driveway in the 600 block Elmwood Drive and was approached by an officer. Police say one passenger left the vehicle, followed later by the driver while yelling at the officer. Both were told they were under arrest for obstruction.
The driver is then said to have fled. The officer tried to arrest one of the two passengers when they both allegedly began hitting and kicking the officer. The officer then heard a man's voice and was said to have been hit from multiple directions. One of the passengers is then alleged to have placed her forearm around the officer's neck, blocking his ability to breath. A short time later, more officers arrived and arrested the three.
The officer was taken to an area hospital.
Aurora Chief of Police Kristen Ziman says she's at a loss for words when an officer is attacked for something that would have been a simple traffic ticket. Mayor Richard Irvin called the alleged attack an act of malice and cowardice.
Jennifer and Sheba Taylor both had bond set at $50,000. Paul Sherrod's bond was set at $75,000.