Elijah McClain

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Aurora Police Department has pattern of racial bias and excessive force, investigation finds

BY: - September 16, 2021

The Aurora Police Department has a pattern and practice of violating residents’ legal rights, state-appointed investigators declared in a 112-page report published Wednesday. Aurora police showed a pattern and practice of racially biased policing, excessive use of force and “failing to record required information when it interacts with the community,” according to the investigators, who […]

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Officers, paramedics charged in McClain’s death post bond

BY: - September 2, 2021

Three Aurora police officers and two paramedics who were indicted on manslaughter charges in the death of Elijah McClain turned themselves in to the Glendale Police Service on Wednesday, the service confirmed. “They were processed, posted bond and released,” Capt. Michael Gross of Glendale Police told Newsline in an email. Each of the five people […]

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The whole system was indicted with charges in McClain case

BY: - September 2, 2021

Finally, the beginning of some justice for Elijah McClain. Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser on Wednesday announced felony grand jury indictments against three Aurora police officers and two paramedics involved in McClain’s death. It was a relief, in a case so marred by abuse of power and betrayal of the public trust, to see public […]

Aurora police officers face manslaughter charges in Elijah McClain death

BY: - September 1, 2021

Three Aurora police officers and two paramedics each face charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, among other charges, in the death of Elijah McClain, an unarmed Black man, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced Wednesday during a news conference. The indictments, 32 in all, were issued by a Colorado grand jury that had investigated […]

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 […]