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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Police in Aurora, Colorado, had no legal basis to stop, frisk or use a chokehold on Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old unarmed Black man who died in custody in 2019, according to a report by independent investigators released Monday.

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...What they found: "The body worn camera audio, limited video, and Major Crime's interviews with the officers tell two contrasting stories," the review panel said in its report, published Monday.

- "The officers' statements on the scene and in subsequent recorded interviews suggest a violent and relentless struggle," the investigators found.

- But the "limited video, and the audio from the body worn cameras, reveal Mr. McClain surrounded by officers, all larger than he, crying out in pain, apologizing, explaining himself, and pleading with the officers."

- "The audio of the incident records Mr. McClain crying out in pain, apologizing, vomiting, and at times sounding incoherent. His words were apologetic and confused, not angry or threatening."

Investigators also found that previous reviews of the officers' conduct were flawed.

- "The interviews conducted by Major Crime were neither probing nor objective. The officers involved were not asked key questions about their conduct or the justification for their actions. At times, questions appeared designed to elicit specific exonerating 'magic language' from the case law," the investigators wrote.

- "In addition, the report of the Major Crime Unit stretched the record to exonerate the officers rather than present a neutral version of the facts,."...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-02-22 07:53 PM | Reply

Womp womp.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-22 07:59 PM | Reply

Sue the Aurora PD out of existence.
I mean it.
Make them an example.
This was so beyond any excuse. This was murder.
Make every municipality understand they are responsible for the actions of these officers.
Poor vetting, looking the other way, excusing behavior, ridiculous application of "limited" immunity (unlimited), cops freezing out other cops that do the right thing, that damnable "thin blue line" all need to go.

#3 | Posted by YAV at 2021-02-22 08:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Still waiting to see what we're going to do with these 'bad apples.'

Apathy continues to be the name of the game, seemingly.

#4 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-02-22 08:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#3 The police in America have always been a Safe Space for White Supremacists.

Why do you think it took the National Guard to de-segregate schools? Because the racist police wouldn't do it.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-22 09:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

It's not just the cops who were there that day that need to be held responsible. It's also the Major Crime Unit that investigated his death and helped cover up the murder of Elijah. It's the supervisors who have failed to create a culture of accountability within the department. And while every case is unique, they are a part of a much bigger picture of cops covering for cops nationwide. No more blue wall of silence! No more taking the cops word for it. Police need to be held to a much higher standard. Some of these cops in this case should be in prison and others should never be allowed to work in law enforcement again at any level across the country.

#6 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-02-23 12:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#6 ... the Major Crime Unit that investigated his death and helped cover up the murder of Elijah. ...

This aspect of this incident hit me the hardest.

... At times, questions appeared designed to elicit specific exonerating 'magic language' from the case law," ...

To my eyes, it seems the Major Crime Unit interviewers may be complicit in the murder because they seemed to actively try to cover up the murder.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-02-23 12:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7 - having grown up in a family full of cops, that is the most predictable aspect of the story to me. The blue wall of silence is no joke and violating it gets cop blackballed.

#8 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-02-23 02:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"In addition, the report of the Major Crime Unit stretched the record to exonerate the officers rather than present a neutral version of the facts,."

Hmm.... the Major Crime Unit... MCU... I'm sure it's just a coincidence.

#9 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-02-23 05:44 PM | Reply

This is the latest example of "pig" becoming a verb, as in "Pigs got to pig."

#10 | Posted by john47 at 2021-02-24 12:14 PM | Reply

This guy died for walking down the middle of the street? That's messed up.

#11 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-02-24 01:04 PM | Reply

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