Aurora

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 […]

Naquetta Ricks

Q&A: Rep. Naquetta Ricks, first African immigrant elected to Colorado Legislature

BY: - June 22, 2021

This week, States Newsroom outlets including Colorado Newsline featured refugees from around the country in honor of World Refugee Day. Colorado state Rep. Naquetta Ricks, a Democrat who represents Aurora and a Liberian refugee, was among those featured. Ricks — whose family fled political persecution in Liberia in 1980 — became the first African immigrant to […]

Community members gather in Aurora as trial opens for officer charged in George Floyd’s death

BY: - March 9, 2021

A small group of community members gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Aurora as the sun set on Monday night to show solidarity with the people of Minneapolis as the jury trial gets underway for the officer involved in George Floyd’s death in May. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is charged with […]

COMMENTARY

Aurora law enforcement is a danger to the people

BY: - February 25, 2021

A report from independent investigators released this week confirms what many observers of the Elijah McClain case intuited all along — that Aurora cops and paramedics behaved with mortal recklessness in handling the 23-year-old McClain, who was the suspect of no crime and posed no threat, and that, upon the young man’s death, their allies […]

July 18 protest

Immigrant legal defense fund sought by Colorado lawmakers

BY: - February 3, 2021

State Rep. Kerry Tipper, a Lakewood Democrat, plans to sponsor a bill to help low-income immigrants facing deportation pay for legal defense.

Stories of immigrants detained in Aurora told in ‘The Facility’

BY: - December 18, 2020

Raul Medina Perez still has nightmares about his 11-month stay at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility, where he was detained by private prison corporation GEO Group on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “I’ve been doing therapy,” Perez said in an interview with Newsline. “It’s a traumatizing experience, you know, I hope that nobody else […]

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 […]