Cops probed over photos of them at Elijah McClain memorial


Aurora, Colorado — Three Aurora police officers are under investigation for taking inappropriate photos at a memorial for Elijah McClain, sources tell CBS Denver’s Brian Maass.

McClain died after a confrontation with Aurora police in August 2019. The community has demanded the three officers and two paramedics involved in the incident be fired.

The three officers were removed from patrol duty last week.

Maass says the officers were shown in the photos reenacting the carotid restraint that was used on McClain:

The department’s interim police chief, Vanessa Wilson, released a statement on the matter late Monday night saying:

“Thursday afternoon, I was apprised of allegations reported to Internal Affairs by an Aurora Police Officer alleging multiple Aurora Police officers were depicted in photographs near the site where Elijah McClain died. All involved officers were immediately placed on administrative leave with pay in non-enforcement capacities.

“I immediately ordered Internal Affairs to make this investigation their top priority.  This accelerated investigation was completed this evening.

“This investigation will be publicly released in its entirety promptly upon its conclusion.  This will include reports, photographic evidence obtained, officer’s names, and my final determination which can rise to the level of termination.”

At a vigil in Aurora, Colorado, on June 27, 2020,Valerie Reives plays the viola while protesters shine their mobile phone lights to honor Elijah McClain who, when alive, would play his violin at animal shelters because he thought the kittens were lonely.


Elijah McClain

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