Aurora Police Department

Aurora police chief pleads for calm after released video shows officer beating, choking unarmed man

BY: - July 28, 2021

An Aurora police officer is facing numerous felony assault charges after beating, choking and threatening a nonviolent, unarmed man accused of trespassing, according to court documents. John Haubert, 39, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave after beating an unarmed man with his pistol. Haubert, who has been with the department since 2018, is being […]

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Colorado bill to restrict ketamine use outside of hospitals close to passing

BY: - June 7, 2021

Colorado Senate lawmakers on Monday passed an amended bill that would restrict first responders’ ability to administer ketamine, a powerful anesthetic that causes dissociation, when responding to a call for service. Four Democrats — Reps. Yadira Caraveo of Thornton and Leslie Herod of Denver, along with Sens. Rhonda Fields of Aurora and Julie Gonzales of Denver […]

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Independent investigation into Elijah McClain’s death highlights widespread police accountability gaps

BY: - February 23, 2021

From the moment Elijah McClain was stopped while walking home on Aug. 24, 2019, up until he was loaded into an ambulance 18 minutes later, Aurora police officers applied some form of physical force against the unarmed 23-year-old, who was suspected of no crime, according to a new report.  After being violently detained by officers, […]

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Report on Aurora investigation into Elijah McClain’s death set for January release

BY: - November 19, 2020

Aurora city manager Jim Twombly gave an update on two pending city investigations into the Elijah McClain case and the Aurora Police Department during a city council committee meeting on Thursday. There are currently five separate investigations into the Aurora Police Department and the death of 23-year-old McClain, who died days after a violent encounter […]

Polis amends order to allow any ‘persons’ involved in McClain case to be prosecuted if necessary

BY: - November 12, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday amended an executive order originally issued in June that designated Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser as the state’s special prosecutor to investigate the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died days after a violent encounter with Aurora police officers in Aug. 2019. McClain was suspected of no […]

57% of Aurora police bodycam videos contained interrupted footage, audit finds

BY: - September 17, 2020

An independent city audit of the Aurora Police Department found significant gaps in policies around the use of body-worn cameras, including interrupted video footage, lack of review by supervisors and miscategorizations within the department’s tracking system. “There are some areas where APD is doing well, such as activating cameras when arriving on scene,” said Michelle […]

Aurora City Council temporarily bans ketamine use while city investigates Elijah McClain’s death

BY: - September 14, 2020

Aurora City Council members on Monday voted unanimously to temporarily ban the use of ketamine until the city’s independent review of its usage is published. The resolution directs Aurora Fire Rescue and city-contracted officials to halt the practice until the city’s independent investigation by D.C.-based attorney Jonathan Smith is completed. The moratorium will expire 30 […]

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One year, five investigations and a lawsuit: Community seeks justice for Elijah McClain

BY: - August 22, 2020

When Lindsay Minter, an Aurora-based community activist, closes her eyes at the end of every day, the violent scene that led to Elijah McClain’s death last August plays through her mind like a movie reel. Her heart aches when she thinks of how McClain’s mother, Sheenan, has been forced to grieve her son’s death in […]