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Elijah McClain

Elijah McClain’s mom says his death sparked push for change

"It's his character that people are connecting to," said Sheneen McClain about the activism sparked by the death of her son Elijah McClain.

Crime and Courts

Aurora officials discuss Elijah McClain investigation at City Council meeting

A few city council members faulted the investigation commissioned by the city and defended police's right to stop the 23-year-old Black man in what they said was a high crime area

Crime and Courts

Littwin: According to a newly released report on Elijah McClain’s death, the only innocent person involved was McClain himself

Where to put the blame? According to the outside investigators, you can put it on the cops. On the paramedics. On the investigating detectives. On the DA.

Opinion Columns

Aurora Police Department to get independent monitor following Elijah McClain’s death

The news comes a day after an independent investigation found officers moved too quickly during the encounter with McClain and fell short in documenting the incident

Crime and Courts

“Just unprecedented”: Aurora Police saw 60% rise in officers leaving department last year

87 police personnel left or were jettisoned from the department in 2020, more departures than in 2015 and 2016 combined. About 750 of the Aurora Police Department's 1,000 employees are sworn officers.

Crime and Courts

Independent review faults Aurora police for stop preceding Elijah McClain’s death, subsequent investigation

Aurora's City Council solicited the independent review of the events that led up to the 23-year-old McClain's death following an encounter with police officers and paramedics on Aug. 24, 2019

Crime and Courts

Colorado lawmakers may change when police can intervene in a protest after summer of unrest

Under Senate Bill 31, law enforcement wouldn’t be allowed to break up a demonstration unless there was an imminent threat of violence or significant property damage from “a significant number or percentage of persons acting in concert”

Politics and Government

Aurora police officers fired over photos tied to Elijah McClain lose fight to be reinstated

The Aurora Civil Service Commission said the photo caused pain for McClain's family and hurt relations between police and the community

Crime and Courts

Colorado attorney general opens grand jury investigation into Elijah McClain’s death

Weiser's office announced the grand jury investigation about six months after he was appointed by Gov. Jared Polis as a special prosecutor to review McClain's death

Crime and Courts

Aurora police officers, medics ask for dismissal of Elijah McClain lawsuit

McClain was put in a neck hold and later injected with ketamine, a sedative, on Aug. 24, 2019, in Aurora and died several days later at the hospital

Crime and Courts

No charges for man who drove Jeep through Elijah McClain protest in Aurora

District Attorney George Brauchler said during a news conference that there was no visual evidence the driver aimed at anyone on the highway during the July 25 protest

News

Denver police investigate allegation that officer used baton to sexually assault protester

Denver police spokesperson Jay Casillas confirmed the department is conducting an internal investigation of the allegation and declined further comment because it is ongoing

Crime and Courts

Colorado medics may have misdiagnosed “excited delirium” hundreds of times when dosing people with ketamine

The doctor who helped define "excited delirium" says based on Colorado's population, medics should have encountered about 57 cases in the 2.5 year period in which they gave ketamine 902 times.

Health

Aurora temporarily bans ketamine use amid Elijah McClain probe

The ban in the city of Aurora, adopted unanimously on Monday, will stay in effect until the city-sponsored independent investigation of Elijah McClain's death is complete

Crime and Courts

Colorado anesthesiologists want paramedics to stop injecting people with ketamine during arrests

The Colorado health department last month announced a review of ketamine's use almost a year after Elijah McClain's death

Crime and Courts

Littwin: The political games have had their two weeks. Now it’s time to get back to athletes who have made their games real.

The NBA labor walkouts, which morphed into sports-wide strikes, are unprecedented. But these athletes aren’t the first, of course, to make their voices heard.

Opinion Columns

12 arrested, 1 officer hurt during “riot” in Denver; governor calls vandalism “acts of criminal terrorism”

Fireworks were shot at officers, an American flag and a tree outside a courthouse were set on fire, windows were shattered and fast-food restaurant was broken into during the unrest

News

A year after Elijah McClain’s death, activists want charges

Aurora activist Candice Bailey said action, not more dialogue, is what is needed. “There's nothing to talk about. We're at an impasse in the conversation,” she said.

News

State health department announces review of ketamine waivers one year after Elijah McClain’s death

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says the review will begin immediately and last at least 12 weeks. When the review is complete, a report will be issued.

News

Coloradans dosed with ketamine during police confrontations — like Elijah McClain was — want investigation

25 doctors signed a position paper supporting the use of ketamine when people being arrested show "excited delirium." Two men say they were in handcuffs and complying with cops when the drug was administered in Arapahoe County and Lakewood.

Health
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