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Aurora police officers disapprove of chief committed to reform, poll shows

A majority of officers from a suburban Denver police department that had faced investigations and community outrage over its run-ins with people of color reported disapproving of the police chief who has committed publicly to reforming the force and its reputation. Members of the Aurora Police Department’s two labor unions, the Aurora Police Association and […]

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Man gets 80 years in killing 2, injuring Aurora police officer

AURORA — A Colorado man has received an 80-year prison sentence in the 2018 killing of two people and attempted murder of an Aurora police officer. Thirty-one-year-old Demarcus Brown-Jones had been convicted in May on second-degree murder, reckless manslaughter and other charges. Police were investigating a reported fight in August, 2018 near the University of […]

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Aurora police consistently break the law through racially biased policing and excessive force, attorney general finds

The Aurora Police Department consistently violates state and federal law in a pattern of racially biased policing and excessive use of force, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office concluded after a year-long investigation into the agency. The department, which has been mired in a string of headline-grabbing controversies in recent years, also fails to record legally […]

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Carman: A mother’s grief turns to long-overdue action in justice for Elijah McClain

When Attorney General Phil Weiser stood behind a microphone to announce the indictment of three cops and two paramedics in the death of Elijah McClain on Wednesday, his tone was somber and resolute. “Our goal,” the grave-faced Weiser said, “is to seek justice for Elijah McClain, for his family and friends, and for our state.” […]

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Grand jury returns 32-count indictment against Aurora officers, paramedics in Elijah McClain’s death

Colorado’s statewide grand jury has returned a 32-count indictment against the Aurora police officers and paramedics who stopped 23-year-old Elijah McClain two years ago in an encounter that preceded his death, Attorney General Phil Weiser announced Wednesday. Five people — three police officers and two paramedics — each were charged-with one count of manslaughter and […]

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Aurora police officer fired for not intervening in pistol-whipping arrest

A suburban Denver police officer was fired Thursday for failing to intervene when a fellow officer pistol-whipped and choked a man during an arrest. An internal affairs investigation found that Francine Martinez violated several directives within the Aurora Police Department, including her duty to intervene, KMGH-TV reported. The police department wrote in a blog post it […]

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“This is it”: Man pistol-whipped by Aurora police officer feared for his life

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A Black man who was pistol-whipped and choked by a suburban Denver police officer said Wednesday that he feared for his life during the violent confrontation that led to assault charges against the officer and later his resignation. In an interview, Kyle Vinson said he was afraid of dying […]