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Littwin: In firing police Chief Vanessa Wilson, Aurora officials seem to have forgotten why she was hired

The rally at the Capitol steps Monday was different from all the other rallies held in support of Elijah McClain, the young man who died at the hands of Aurora police and paramedics in August 2019 for the crime of Walking Strangely While Black. This rally was for Vanessa Wilson, the recently fired Aurora police […]

Posted inHealth, News

Colorado panel issues recommendations for when ketamine should be used outside of hospital settings

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America Colorado’s health department announced Wednesday that emergency workers should not use a condition involving erratic behavior by people as a reason to inject them with the drug ketamine. The announcement came two years after the fatal arrest of a Black man in suburban Denver who had been […]

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Aurora to pay $15 million to Elijah McClain’s family in likely largest settlement in Colorado history

Aurora will pay $15 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit over the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain, a Black man who died after he was dosed with ketamine during an encounter with Aurora police and paramedics in 2019. The settlement amount is likely the largest in Colorado history and among the highest in […]

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Aurora to improve use-of-force policies, hire more diverse first responders, per agreement with attorney general

Aurora’s police and fire departments have agreed to improve their use-of-force policies and training, develop a new system to collect data about police interactions with members of the community, and work to hire officers and firefighters that better reflect the city’s diversity as part of a consent decree with state prosecutors unveiled Tuesday. “The city […]

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Officers, paramedics indicted in Elijah McClain’s death make first court appearance

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press Three police officers and two paramedics indicted on manslaughter and other charges in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain in Colorado appeared in court Monday for the first time since being charged. Officers Randy Roedema, Nathan Woodyard and Jason Rosenblatt and fire department paramedic Jeremy Cooper and fire Lt. […]

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The city of Aurora has reached a settlement with Elijah McClain’s family

The city of Aurora has reached a settlement agreement in the federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Elijah McClain’s family, more than two years after the 23-year-old died after Aurora police officers confronted him and paramedics sedated him with ketamine while he was walking home from a convenience store.  Attorneys representing Sheneen McClain, Elijah’s mother, […]