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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 […]

A wave of new criminal justice laws were enacted in Colorado. Here are the big takeaways.

BY: - July 12, 2021

A requirement that bond hearings occur within 48 hours of arrest. A push to recalibrate the punishments for misdemeanor crimes. An effort to allow more people to seal their criminal records to leave their worst mistakes behind them. Banning law enforcement from directing medical professionals to use the powerful sedative ketamine. These are a few […]

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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 […]

Ketamine bill restricting use by first responders advances in Colorado Legislature

BY: - May 17, 2021

During last summer’s widespread demonstrations for racial justice, one name that protesters chanted among those of Black people killed by police became a rallying cry at the state Legislature for a specific policy change. Elijah McClain, 23, died in August 2019 after Aurora Police Department officers — responding to a 911 call about someone looking […]

DA in Colorado’s 17th district drops charges against five Elijah McClain protest leaders

BY: - May 7, 2021

District Attorney Brian Mason announced on Thursday that he will dismiss all felony and misdemeanor charges filed in the 17th Judicial District against five people who led protests last summer demanding justice for Elijah McClain, who died after a violent encounter with Aurora police in August 2019. “I have an ethical obligation to only proceed […]

Power of public testimony: Bill that would expand law enforcement grant program amended in response to community concerns

BY: - March 8, 2021

Lawmakers halted a bill in the Colorado Legislature on March 2 after hearing community concerns regarding the expansion of an existing mental health program for law enforcement. After the bill sponsors solicited more public input, the bill unanimously passed out of committee on March 5. The bill will next move to the House Appropriations Committee. […]

State lawmakers halt bill to expand a mental health grant program for law enforcement

BY: - March 3, 2021

A bill hearing at the state Legislature on Tuesday sparked a lengthy discussion about what entities should respond to emergency mental health calls. Lawmakers hoped to expand an existing mental health grant program within Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs that allows community partners to collaborate with law enforcement agencies to improve the handling of mental […]

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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 […]

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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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Colorado attorney general opens grand jury investigation into Elijah McClain’s death

BY: - January 8, 2021

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced on Friday that he has opened a grand jury investigation into Elijah McClain’s death. The 23-year-old Black man died after a violent encounter with Aurora police officers on Aug. 24, 2019, while he was walking home from a convenience store. He was suspected of no crime. “The grand jury […]

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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 […]