Elijah McClain

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 […]

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McClain protesters face excessive force of the law

BY: - September 27, 2020

Community members have long called for criminal charges against the Aurora police officers involved in the August 2019 death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain, who was walking home from a convenience store when officers confronted him. But it’s the very people seeking justice for McClain who now face charges. The message from authorities is that cops […]

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 […]

Summer of racial reckoning: Hundreds march to condemn police violence and racism

BY: - August 31, 2020

Several hundred protesters took to the streets on Sunday to participate in a march from Aurora to Denver to denounce police brutality and systemic racism, and to stand in solidarity with Black lives. Community members gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Aurora around 2 p.m. to hear speeches from organizers and families […]

Hundreds gather in Denver for Jacob Blake, Black man shot by Wisconsin police

BY: - August 25, 2020

Hundreds of community members gathered in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood on Monday night in solidarity with Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man who was shot multiple times in the back by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday. Blake is currently paralyzed from the waist down, according to a tweet from his lawyer, Ben Crump. It […]