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Parents of Elijah McClain sue Aurora police over his death

AURORA — The parents of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after officers in suburban Denver stopped him on the street last year and put him in a chokehold, sued police and medical officials Tuesday. “We have filed this civil rights lawsuit to demand justice for Elijah McClain, to hold accountable the Aurora […]

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Vanessa Wilson named Aurora’s new police chief as department continues facing scrutiny over Elijah McClain’s death

The interim chief of a suburban Denver police department has become the first woman to permanently lead the agency that’s looking to regain public trust following a tumultuous year since the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man officers stopped on the street and put into a chokehold. The City Council chose Vanessa Wilson […]

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Aurora police apologize after girls handcuffed in stolen car mixup

AURORA — Police in Aurora have apologized after a group of Black girls was detained, and at least two handcuffed during a weekend investigation of a stolen car. Officers later determined that the vehicle they were seeking had the same license plate number but was from out-of-state. A video taken Sunday by a bystander shows […]

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Police are investigating after car drives through crowd and protesters are shot in Aurora

AURORA — A car drove through a crowd and two protesters were shot in Aurora during demonstrations against racial injustice on Saturday. The Aurora Police Department said on Twitter that protesters were walking on Interstate 225 Saturday when a vehicle drove through. A video of the incident showed a Jeep hurtling toward a crowd gathered […]

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Ex-Justice Department lawyer will lead Elijah McClain probe

AURORA — An investigation spurred by the death of a 23-year-old Black man after suburban Denver police stopped him last year will be led by a former Justice Department lawyer who oversaw its investigation of police in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of Michael Brown in 2014. Jonathan Smith, the executive director of the Washington […]

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Aurora will offer its 4,000 teachers two coronavirus tests a month come fall. Will other school districts follow?

Gary Community Investment Company and The Piton Foundation on Tuesday said they will invest up to $1 million in testing every Aurora Public Schools teacher for COVID-19 every two weeks during the school year, the foundation of a sophisticated new tracking system that could dramatically improve the district’s ability to monitor the potential of a […]

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Proposal to shrink Holy Cross Wilderness, increase water storage draws hundreds of comments

Forty years after the Holy Cross Wilderness Area was created, an early effort to explore tapping its water supplies has generated more than 500 comments to the U.S. Forest Service. Aurora and Colorado Springs, which own and operate the only reservoir in the area, Homestake I, hope to demonstrate that they can divert more water from […]