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    By PATTY NIEBERG and COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Following the release of a highly critical report about the arrest and death of Elijah McClain in Colorado and a police investigation into the events, Aurora's police chief said Tuesday she could not discipline anyone involved while the state attorney general is still conducting a criminal investigation into what happened. Chief Vanessa Wilson said she did not want to do anything that might influence a grand jury that state Attorney General Phil Weiser has convened as part of his investigation into whether anyone should be prosecuted in the case involving the 23-year-old Black man. She declined to say whether she would take disciplinary action if Weiser does not find evidence that a crime was committed. The report was done by a team of three outside investigators commissioned by the city of Aurora, where the arrest happened. It was released...
    DENVER (AP) — Following the release of a highly critical report about the arrest and death of Elijah McClain in Colorado and a police investigation into the events, Aurora’s police chief said Tuesday she could not discipline anyone involved while the state attorney general is still conducting a criminal investigation into what happened. Chief Vanessa Wilson said she did not want to do anything that might influence a grand jury that state Attorney General Phil Weiser has convened as part of his investigation into whether anyone should be prosecuted in the case involving the 23-year-old Black man. She declined to say whether she would take disciplinary action if Weiser does not find evidence that a crime was committed. The report was done by a team of three outside investigators commissioned by the city of Aurora, where the arrest happened. It was released Monday and found that officers did...
    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - U.S. officials in a Colorado city where a young Black man died in police custody in 2019 say their system of accountability failed. The acknowledgement on Tuesday came a day after an independent panel hired by Aurora's City Council found that police stopped Elijah McClain even though they had no apparent reason to suspect a crime was being committed, and that a subsequent internal police investigation of the incident was flawed. The 23-year-old went into cardiac arrest soon after an officer put him in a chokehold as he cried and pleaded for him to stop. "We've identified the root of this case and it's the failure of a system of accountability," said City Manager Jim Twombly, referring to McClain's death. "I will be pursuing with the mayor and city council the establishment of an independent monitor to enhance accountability and transparency of the police...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora City Council is delaying a vote to make non-sugary drinks standard on kids menus. The second vote will now happen on June 14th. The Healthy Kid Meal Ordinance would make non-sugary drinks the default on kid’s menus. It was first introduced to a Council finance committee in December 2019. The ordinance sponsor, Councilwoman Angela Lawson, asked for the postponement during Monday night’s regular Council meeting. READ MORE: COVID In Broomfield: County First In Denver Metro Area To Move To Level Blue (credit: CBS) The ordinance calls for all restaurants that serve kid’s meals to make the default beverage sold with that meal to be water or milk. Sugary drinks would still be available to be sold, but the default drink would be non-sugary and non-sweetened. READ MORE: Denver Winter Storm: Blast Of Cold Arrives Late Tuesday, Snow Follows 24 Hours Later (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Aurora is getting a brand new rec center thanks to marijuana tax revenue. Crews broke ground on the new 62,000 square foot facility. (credit: City of Aurora) The new rec center is located on Alexander Drive near the Southlands Mall. This is the second rec center in Aurora to be fully funded by pot sales. The first one opened in 2019. (credit: City of Aurora) This new rec center will open in 2023. (credit: City of Aurora)
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – City leaders in Aurora announced on Friday they expect to publicly release the results of an independent investigation into the death of Elijah McClain on Monday morning. The investigation is expected to be completed and delivered to them in the morning and then it will be made public immediately afterwards. Elijah McClain (credit: CBS) McClain, 23, died in August of 2019 after an encounter with Aurora police. He was walking home from a convenience store when someone called 911 to report a suspicious person. Arriving officers tried to arrest McClain, who resisted and was not armed. Officers then put him in a carotid hold and he was tackled to the ground. Eventually, an Aurora Fire Department paramedic injected him with ketamine, a sedative. He suffered a heart attack on the way to the hospital and was pulled off life support days later. The three officers involved...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– The City of Aurora is launching an online tool, Engage Aurora. It’s an additional way for the community to participate and offer feedback on city projects and programs. (credit: CBS) “Public input is a very important part of decision-making here, and providing a venue for meaningful conversations takes that public participation to the next level,” said City Manager Jim Twombly in a statement. “We want to make sure residents can provide feedback in the way that is most comfortable and convenient to them. Engage Aurora will serve as one vital tool in that process.” Engage Aurora will be used by all city departments for many projects and programs, from emergency preparedness, water construction and recreation projects to mobility studies. It will not replace traditional outreach and public engagement but is designed to add opportunities for public input. Engage Aurora is provided by Boulder-based software company Bang the...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– The City of Aurora offices and facilities will be closed on Friday for an employee furlough day. It is a way for the city to save money in response to the financial impact of COVID-19. (credit: CBS) However, the city will keep all public health facilities open and will keep all safety services in operation. Most city facilities will also be closed on Monday, Feb. 15 for the President’s Day holiday.
    Loading the player... Brittney Gilliam has officially filed a lawsuit against the city of Aurora, CO, and the Aurora Police Department after she and her family were held at gunpoint during a traffic stop in August 2020. Read More: Colorado’s Ethiopian communities split on political conflict According to NBC News, the lawsuit has been filed and names five Aurora police officers and Police Chief Vanessa Wilson as defendants. In the lawsuit, Gilliam claimed she and her family were targeted, unlawfully searched, and detained due to their race. Earlier this month, we reported the video, captured by a third party, showing Gilliam, and her nieces, sister, and daughter, whose ages ranged from 6 to 17, laying on their stomachs, some in tears. The 12-year-old and 17-year-old girls were seen placed in handcuffs. They can be heard crying and screaming while a woman is seen being led away in handcuffs. The video was reviewed by...
    DENVER (AP) — The families of four Black girls mistakenly detained by suburban Denver police at gunpoint last year after they were suspected of being in a stolen car sued police and the city of Aurora on Monday — claiming the officers’ actions permanently traumatized them and are part of a pattern of racial biased treatment against Black people. The August 2020 incident attracted national attention after a video taken by a bystander of the four girls, ranging in age from from 6 to 17, being held on the ground spread on social media. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages, disciplinary action against officers, written apologies and changes in police policy and training. On the video, the girls are heard crying and screaming as officers stand with their backs to the camera in a parking lot in the Denver suburb of Aurora, where police are being investigated over...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A woman who disappeared in Commerce City was found in Aurora. Commerce City police say Laura Kay Lindquist, 44, was last seen on Jan. 11 in Thornton. Her family says she last called them on Dec. 26 before disappearing. Laura Lindquist (credit: Commerce City) Commerce City police say Lindquist “came in contact” with Aurora police on Jan. 21. She was reconnected with her family. Her family believes she suffers mental health challenges, but says her disappearance was not normal.  
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- There have been at least half a dozen carjackings reported in the city and suburbs since Friday, shining a light on the growing problem in the city.It's a scenario that is becoming all too common in the city of Chicago."Immediately two men got out of a tan SUV, one of them came running up to me, and I remember saying, 'please do not hurt me.' Begging for my life," said carjacking victim Kelly Milan. "He just kept saying, 'where are your keys - where are your keys?'"Milan is now one of hundreds of carjacking victims, as reported incidents pop up across the city."It all happened so fast," she said.SAFETY TIPS: What to do if you're approached by a carjackerEMBED More News Videos It only takes seconds to become the victim of a carjacking. Security expert Moody Andrews explains what to do if you're caught in a similar...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Aurora City Council voted on Monday night to repeal the city’s ban on restricted dog breeds. The ordinance passed on a final vote of 7-3, with council members Françoise Bergan, Dave Gruber and Marsha Berzins voting against it. (credit: Getty Images) The ordinance overrules a 2014 election where 64% of Aurora voters opposed allowing pit bulls in the city. Berzins, Bergen and Gruber agreed with Mayor Mike Coffman that the repeal should go for a vote of the people. Last month, Coffman introduced a competing ordinance, which would allow voters to decide on the future of the pit bull ban in the 2021 municipal election. That ordinance failed to pass. Gruber and Bergan said they were informed that an attorney plans to sue the city for “delegitimizing the voters’ decision.” “I know that there’s been discussion within this council that that vote was not binding...
    (CBS4) — Aurora is one step closer to repealing a ban on pit bulls. During a city council meeting Monday night, members voted to repeal the ban 7 to 3. This is just the first reading. One ordinance, sponsored by council member Allison Hiltz, would give city council the authority to eliminate the breed restrictions. (credit: CBS) Mayor Mike Coffman introduced a competing ordinance earlier this month, which would allow voters to decide on the future of the pit bull ban in the 2021 municipal election. Coffman’s ordinance failed on a vote of 4-7, but the mayor said he would bring it up for another vote. RELATED: Aurora Pit Bull Ban: City Council Debates Competing Ordinances To Repeal Breed Restrictions
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – People who live in Aurora might soon be able to order marijuana from the comfort of their home. The Aurora City Council voted 8-2 on Monday night in favor of cannabis delivery in the city. (credit: iStock/Getty Images Plus) The ordinance requires a second vote on Dec. 21. If it passes, retail marijuana delivery could become legal in the city by early next year. Stores would be allowed to deliver retail marijuana products to homes in Aurora along with other jurisdictions that allow marijuana delivery. Similarly, businesses in outside jurisdictions that allow retail marijuana delivery may do so in Aurora. Deliveries would be allowed between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m with the following daily limits per customer: 1 ounce of retail marijuana No more than 8 grams of retail marijuana concentrate Retail marijuana products containing no more than 80 ten milligram servings of THC ...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora City Council will vote on competing ordinances to potentially repeal the city’s pit bull ban. One ordinance, sponsored by council member Allison Hiltz, would give city council the authority to eliminate the breed restrictions. (credit: CBS) Mayor Mike Coffman introduced a competing ordinance at Monday’s study session, which would allow voters to decide on the future of the pit bull ban in the 2021 municipal election. Coffman’s ordinance failed on a vote of 4-7, but the mayor said he would bring it up for another vote at the Dec. 21 council meeting. Lifting the Ban on Pit Bulls pic.twitter.com/QdPt4tpgmv — Mayor Mike Coffman (@AuroraMayorMike) December 7, 2020 Hiltz’ ordinance passed out of the study session on a vote of 7-4. If the city council votes to repeal the breed restrictions, it would overrule a 2014 election where 64% of Aurora voters opposed an ordinance...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– The Aurora City Council will take up the issue of whether or not pit bulls and similar dog breeds should be allowed in the city. The city is considering loosening restrictions on some breeds like pit bulls. The Aurora City Council wants to take action on its own, although Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman would like to send the issue for voters to decide. (credit: CBS) Denver voters recently passed a ballot measure to allow pit bulls in the city. In Aurora, city council voted 8 to 3 to study the restricted breeds as an ordinance, which is expected to be a topic of discussion at Monday’s meeting. In Denver, owners are required to pay an annual fee for a provisional permit and get their dogs microchipped. There is also a limit of two pit bulls per home. RELATED: Woman Moves Into Dog Shelter To...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — The City of Aurora has asked to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Elijah McClain‘s family. The dismissal filing claims that McClain’s death was not caused by deliberate and discriminatory actions by the Aurora police officers involved. Six officers are named in the lawsuit. Elijah McClain (credit: CBS) McClain was walking home from a store where he purchased tea for his brother in August 2019. A passerby called 911 and reported McClain was acting odd. McClain was not armed, and had not committed a crime. Three officers responded to the call, and located McClain walking northbound near Interstate 225, he was wearing a mask. (credit: Aurora) McClain didn’t stop when officers told him to, later telling them he had his music on and couldn’t hear them. One officer grabs McClain, who asks the officer to respect his boundaries. The officers claim McClain resisted arrest, and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The city of Aurora is hosting a Thanksgiving meal giveaway to benefit 2,500 families. On Saturday November 21, the city will distribute turkeys and meal boxes. It will be Aurora’s sixth pop-up pantry and will be the largest one to date. “Food insecurity continues to be a significant challenge for our families,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “As we approach the holiday season, we want to make sure that not only can families have food on the table, but they can rebuild some sense of normalcy as they gather in a safe and limited manner on Thanksgiving.” Back in October, the city served 1,500 families. The Thanksgiving Pop-Up Pantry will serve 2,500 families that pre-registered online. The Aurora Thanksgiving Pop-Up Pantry is a drive-thru contactless distribution with more than 200 volunteers and staff onsite. It’s partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and Aurora’s primary food...
    AURORA, Ill. (WLS) -- The latest COVID-19 surge has a suburban front line worker pleading with people to take the virus seriously.Nurse Carol Williams shared a photo of herself on Facebook after her shift at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora with a powerful message that has since gone viral:Just stop.....Stop thinking this is just like the flu, it isn't .Stop telling me the survival rate so it's not a big deal, it is a big deal.Stop saying healthcare workers signed up for this, we didn't.Stop ignoring science based recommendations of masking, social distancing, hand hygiene, and not gathering in large crowds, they work.Stop kidding yourself that this isn't going to affect you or someone you love or know, it will.Stop thinking that only unhealthy people with preexisting medical conditions or elderly people are the ones dying, they aren't the only ones.Stop being confident that if you get sick from anything,...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — Aurora’s city council is once again debating whether or not pit bulls and similar dog breeds should be allowed in the city. Monday night, members voted to start talking about how it could possibly be implemented. (credit: Xavier ROSSI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) The conversation is due partly to the fact that Denver voters recently passed a ballot measure to allow pit bulls in the city. In Aurora, city council voted 8 to 3 to study the restricted breeds as an ordinance. That is expected to happen Dec. 7. The repeal of restricted breeds was met with many questions on both sides. Aurora Mayor Coffman says he would prefer to have residents vote on a ballot measure — and said he will be proposing language similar to the measure that passed in Denver. Lifting the Ban on Pit Bulls pic.twitter.com/9YlUDaiTCQ — Mayor Mike Coffman (@AuroraMayorMike) November 16,...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The mayor of Aurora wants to give residents another chance to vote on the city’s pit bull ban. Mayor Mike Coffman said he believes voters might approve a measure similar to the one that just passed in Denver. Coffman acknowledged that a ballot question about repealing Aurora’s breed ban “failed overwhelmingly” back in 2014. But he believes voters would approve a new ballot question that included the ownership requirements listed in Denver’s new bill. “I think that the fundamental difference was that the 2020 Denver ballot question was proactive in mentioning public safety concerns while the 2014 Aurora proposal was silent about that,” Coffman stated. (credit: Xavier ROSSI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) “I will be taking the language used by Denver and requesting that our city council refer it as a ballot question for the November 2021 election,” he added. RELATED: Measure To Lift Pit Bull Ban...
    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado police officer fired for not helping a restrained Black woman who begged for help after she became lodged upside down in the back of his patrol car is appealing his termination, saying officials painted him as a racist. Levi Huffine, who is white, filed a lawsuit last week in state court in an attempt to get his job in the city of Aurora back, The Denver Post reported. Chief Vanessa Wilson fired Huffine in February, overriding an advisory panel's recommendation that he only be suspended. Last month, the city's civil service commission upheld her decision after a hearing in which video of Shataeah Kelly crying for help in August 2019 was shown to the public for the first time. While she initially berated Huffine after he restrained both her ankles and wrists, she later called him “master” as she tried to get his attention, unable...
    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado police officer fired for not helping a restrained Black woman who begged for help after she became lodged upside down in the back of his patrol car is appealing his termination, saying officials painted him as a racist. Levi Huffine, who is white, filed a lawsuit last week in state court in an attempt to get his job in the city of Aurora back, The Denver Post reported. Chief Vanessa Wilson fired Huffine in February, overriding an advisory panel’s recommendation that he only be suspended. Last month, the city’s civil service commission upheld her decision after a hearing in which video of Shataeah Kelly crying for help in August 2019 was shown to the public for the first time. While she initially berated Huffine after he restrained both her ankles and wrists, she later called him “master” as she tried to get his attention, unable...
    (CBS4) – The Aurora City Council on Monday night voted down a proposal to raise the minimum wage. The current minimum wage is $12 an hour. If it had been approved by council, it would have go up to $17 an hour by 2025. The measure failed on a 6-5 vote.   Comida, a restaurant at the Stanley Marketplace, said such an increase would have made a difficult year of navigating COVID-19 restrictions even harder. But for residents working in the city, they say the current minimum wage isn’t enough to make ends meet.    “It came out of left field,” said Comida owner, Rayme Rossello. “I didn’t think it was going to be on the docket, especially the day before the election.”    As some businesses deal with 25 percent capacity limits due to COVID-19, Rossello says the concept was coming at a difficult time.    “We’re paying close to...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– The Aurora City Council voted to ban no-knock warrants by police officers. The 7-3 vote passed the measure at Monday night’s regularly-scheduled city council meeting. (credit: Aurora Police) The no-knock ban requires that police officers identify themselves or notify residents as they enter property. Since 2018, data shows that judges have signed off on 10 no-knock warrants for police in Aurora to carry out. Only half of those were carried out.
    DENVER (AP) — City officials in Aurora, Colorado, have banned ‘no-knock’ police raids, the latest effort to reform law enforcement tactics after police fatally shot Breonna Taylor in her Kentucky apartment this year. The Aurora City Council voted 7-3 on Monday to prohibit police from forcibly entering a property without first identifying themselves as officers of the law, The Denver Post reported. Aurora may be the first city in Colorado to ban the tactic, the newspaper reported. The ACLU of Colorado has long raised concerns about the dangers “no-knock” warrants pose to occupants and police officers. Legal director Mark Silverstein called them a recipe for “an armed confrontation,” particularly in Colorado, where a “Make My Day” law makes it legal for a homeowner to shoot and kill an intruder in self-defense if they believe the person intends to commit a crime and use physical force. The measure was introduced by...
    Two-and-a-half weeks before the election, top Trump administration officials in charge of immigration enforcement blasted Denver and other cities for their unwillingness to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "Sanctuary city policies shield violent criminals, criminal aliens, at the expense of American lives," Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said at an October 16 press conference announcing results of a recent ICE enforcement operation that targeted jurisdictions covered by field offices in Denver (which oversees Colorado and Wyoming), Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. The operation had been telegraphed by the Washington Post, which reported on September 29 that the Trump administration was preparing an "immigration enforcement blitz" that would start in California and then expand to other places, including Denver. Related Stories GEO Group Coerced Aurora ICE Detainees Into Cleaning Common Areas Aurora Immigration Court Shuts Down Hearings After Major COVID Outbreak Colorado...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – When Aurora City Councilman Dave Gruber sat down for an interview with CBS4, he said he had just received an email from one of his constituents. “Please deal with crime. I don’t feel safe in Aurora anymore,” Gruber quoted the email as saying. Indeed, Aurora has seen a significant rise in violent crime. When CBS4 compared the first nine months of 2020 to the same period in 2019, it showed significant increases in major violent crimes. As of Sept. 13: Murders were up 72.2% — from 18 in 2019 to 31 in 2020 Armed assaults were up 34.3% Robberies were up 31% Overall, major violent crimes are up 24.4% in Aurora from the same time in 2019. Property crimes are also headed up with motor vehicle thefts up 53.3% from last year and burglaries up 13.9%. (credit: CBS) “Crime across the board is going up. We’re...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Denver and Aurora are considering working together to prevent youth violence. The two cities are discussing forming a dual task force to address solutions. (credit: CBS) “Having the cities cooperate together and work together will help us. I don’t think we’re going to solve, but help us make progress with this very important issue with both cities,” said Aurora City Council member Dave Gruber. (credit: CBS) The City of Aurora also discussed increasing the marijuana sales tax rate by 1%. That additional funding would provide youth violence prevention programs.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — For the fifth time since the pandemic hit, the city of Aurora held a pop-up food pantry to meet the needs of those really struggling right now. Cars were lined up for as far as you could see at Philips Park in Aurora. There was enough food on hand for at least 1,200 families. It’s a no-contact, drive-thru food distribution. There are boxes of fresh meat, dairy and produce. The city of Aurora, the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry and the Quad County Urban League were part of the pantry effort.  
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Aurora City Council is scheduled to take up a proposal on banning the use of “no knock” warrants by police. City councilors will hear its introduction on Monday night. If the ordinance is adopted, officers would have to identify themselves or notify residents they are entering the property. The technique was used in the raid of Breonna Taylor’s home in Louisville, Ky. earlier this year. Taylor was asleep beforehand and was shot multiple times. RELATED: Aurora City Council Approves Temporary Ketamine Ban For First Responders
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – In a unanimous vote Monday night, Aurora City Council approved a resolution to temporarily ban first responders from administering ketamine to subdue patients during an arrest. Ketamine was the drug that paramedics used to sedate Elijah McClain on the night of Aug. 24, 2019. Police confronted McClain as he was walking home from a convenience store. A struggle ensued and McClain was placed in a carotid hold before paramedics administered 500 mg of ketamine. McClain went into cardiac arrest twice on the way to the hospital and died days later. Elijah McClain (credit: CBS) The City of Aurora has launched a review of McClain’s arrest and subsequent death. Included in that review will be the administration of ketamine. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will also task a committee to review the drug’s use for purposes of sedation and treatment of excited delirium. Councilman...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – An activist group is now planning protests with very little warning at homes of Aurora city leaders. Community E first mentioned they were going to start protesting at the homes of elected officials on Aug. 30. This Sunday, the group showed up at the house of Aurora Councilwoman Francoise Bergan. “I wouldn’t say I was scared, it was overwhelming,” she told CBS4. (credit: Community E) The group told CBS4 through Facebook messenger, their goal is to fight white supremacy, and wrote, “Our protest last night was a great example of our intentions. Instead of organizing a parade that will ultimately accomplish nothing; we decided to take our voices straight to the top.” Community E also said their group was founded by people of color, and they wish to help lead other people of color in the group, whom they do not wish to identify. “At first everybody...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– On Thursday, a handful of proposed ordinances to limit the Aurora Police Department use of some military grade equipment as well as non-lethal chemicals like tear gas, failed to move from committee. Aurora City Councilman Juan Marcano first introduced the measures last month, not long after concerns were raised about the department’s use of force polices. (credit: CBS) In particular, how officers responded to a violin vigil held in memory of Elijah McClain that ended with officer in riot gear dispersing crowds with pepper spray. One of the proposals would ban police from using any gases on citizens. An idea Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman was quick to speak out against. “I think it’s an important tool for police officers to have because then it’s going to be rubber bullets, or wooden batons, and more lethal means,” Coffman said. (credit: CBS) A second proposal would have required police...
    The city of Aurora surpassed 5,000 COVID-19 cases after a six-month pandemic, according to official reports. Mayor Richard C. Irvin gave a press conference this morning, asking residents to protect themselves and not lower their guard against the threat of the virus. The city has the “Mask Up Aurora” campaign, during which tens of thousands of face masks have been distributed, in addition to constant communication with bars and restaurants to remind them of the importance of applying sanitary measures to prevent more cases. The government asks not to lower your guard, especially on Labor Day weekends. Mayor Irvin emphasized the importance of each citizen being responsible and wearing face masks, keeping their distance, washing their hands, as well as limiting participation in large events that traditionally take place during the upcoming holiday weekend. In addition to the cases, Aurora reported 118...
    (CBS4) — Three of Colorado’s Front Range cities did not fare well in a national comparison of the nation’s best and worst cities to own a car and drive in, according to a study released Tuesday. Wallethub took the 100 most populated U.S. cities and scored them on 31 metrics including traffic congestion, road and bridge condition, number of traffic fatalities, gas prices, availability of repair shops, average insurance costs, parking rates, rate of car thefts, and number of days driving in poor weather. Colorado Springs came out in the middle of the pack at No. 55. Aurora ranked 68th and Denver 76th. Lincoln, Nebraska, scored the best of all the cities in the survey. It had top-five rankings in cost of ownership/maintenance and safety. The other Top 5 Best Cities to drive in included Raleigh, North Carolina; Corpus Christi, Texas; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Boise, Idaho. The Worst? Oakland,...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Multiple groups organized a Solidarity Ride for cyclists to honor Elijah McClain who was taken off of life support last year following a police encounter. The cyclists also used the ride to protest police brutality. (credit: Mark Neitro) The group gathered at the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue in Denver’s City Park on Sunday morning. Different groups are planning a march from the Martin Luther King, Jr. library in Aurora to City Park starting at 2 p.m. The march, organized by the Party for Socialism and Liberation – Denver, calls for justice for victims of racist violence, according to a social media event posting. Elijah McClain (credit: CBS) McClain was stopped by Aurora police on Aug. 24, 2019 after someone called 911 to report a suspicious person walking in the neighborhood. McClain was walking home from a convenient store. RELATED: Aurora City Councilman To Introduce Moratorium On Ketamine...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – An Aurora City Councilmember will propose temporarily banning the use of Ketamine by first responders in the city at an upcoming City Council meeting. Curtis Gardner will propose the action at the Sept. 14 city council meeting. Aurora City Councilman Curtis Gardner (credit: Facebook) Ketamine was the drug that paramedics and emergency medical technicians used to sedate Elijah McClain on the night of Aug. 24, 2019, during his arrest. McClain died several days later, and the drug has come under scrutiny as leading to the cause of McClain’s death. (CBS) The City of Aurora has launched a review of the entire episode that led to McClain’s arrest and subsequent death. Included in that review will be a review of the administration of Ketamine. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will also task a committee to review the drug’s use for purposes of sedation and...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– A city councilman in Aurora will introduce a resolution to temporarily ban the use of ketamine outside of hospitals in the city. Councilman at large Curtis Gardner says while the city investigates the death of Elijah McClain on several levels, one focus will be on the use of the powerful sedative by paramedics. (credit: CBS) “In addition, last weekend CDPHE announced they will be performing a review of the ketamine waiver process in the state. I don’t feel it’s appropriate to continue to use that drug while those investigations are ongoing,” Gardner said. This comes more than a year after McClain’s death, and repeated calls from his family’s attorney Mari Newman to end its use. Elijah McClain (credit: Mari Newman) “The weaponization of any medication used involuntarily against a person who is simply walking home, it absolutely needs to be addressed,” she told CBS4 in July. RELATED:...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Aurora City Council Member Alison Coombs is proposing raising the minimum wage in Colorado’s third largest city. Not everyone is supporting that idea, especially some business owners. (credit: CBS) “All the people working in the city of Aurora, need a higher wage,” said Coombs. If her proposal is approved by the city council, it would raise minimum wage in Aurora above the $12 an hour state level to $20 over the next seven years. Alik Kassner is a partner of a home healthcare business in Aurora. He says he supports paying employees a livable wage. His company already pays his employees over minimum wage, his business will never be able to pay employees more than they already do. “I feel bad because business always gets put in the role as a bad guy in these discussions, but we’re always the ones that have to end up pointing...
    On August 22, a peaceful rally in downtown Denver was followed by a confrontation between shit-stirrers and Denver police that resulted in a dozen arrests and vandalism downtown. This sequence of events, coupled with raised tensions over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which spurred multiple protests across the country and athlete boycotts of NBA playoff games and other major sporting contests, serves as the backdrop for at least three demonstrations planned for the Mile High City over the weekend, with the Denver-Aurora March Against Racism & Police Violence, slated for Sunday, August 30, expected to attract thousands of participants. The first of the gatherings is the Denver Solidarity March, getting under way at 10 a.m. today, August 28, near the Greek Amphitheater at Civic Center Park. According to its Facebook entry: "We may not all be able to make it to the March on Washington, an...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – An Aurora City Councilmember will propose banning the use of Ketamine by first responders in the city at an upcoming City Council meeting. Curtis Gardner will propose the ban at the Sept. 14 city council meeting. Aurora City Councilman Curtis Gardner (credit: Facebook) Ketamine was the drug that paramedics and emergency medical technicians used to sedate Elijah McClain on the night of Aug. 24, 2019, during his arrest. McClain died several days later, and the drug has come under scrutiny as leading to the cause of McClain’s death. (CBS) The City of Aurora has launched a review of the entire episode that led to McClain’s arrest and subsequent death. Included in that review will be a review of the administration of Ketamine. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will also task a committee to review the drug’s use for purposes of sedation and treatment...
    On August 22, a peaceful rally in downtown Denver was followed by a confrontation between shit-stirrers and Denver police that resulted in a dozen arrests and vandalism downtown. This sequence of events, coupled with raised tensions over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which spurred multiple protests across the country and athlete boycotts of NBA playoff games and other major sporting contests, serves as the backdrop for at least three demonstrations planned for the Mile High City over the weekend, with the Denver-Aurora March Against Racism & Police Violence, slated for Sunday, August 30, expected to attract thousands of participants. The first of the gatherings is the Denver Solidarity March, getting under way at 10 a.m. today, August 28, near the Greek Amphitheatre at Civic Center Park. According to its Facebook entry: "We may not all be able to make it to the March on Washington, an...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Many people are having a hard time making ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn, Aurora City Council member Alison Coombs says people making minimum wage in her city were struggling. Minimum wage in Aurora is currently $12 an hour. Coombs says, with soaring housing costs, it’s impossible to make ends meet working a 40-hour week at that rate. “A lot of folks are working two and three jobs and then what we also know from the data is that 29% of people in Aurora are paying more than 50% of their income for housing,” says Coombs. Alison Coombs (credit: CBS) That’s why Coombs is proposing to raise the minimum wage in Colorado’s third largest city. If approved by city council, the proposal would raise Aurora’s minimum wage by 5% to $12.60 at the start of 2021. Minumum wage...
    AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The city of Aurora is looking to volunteers to boost residents' participation in the US Census. Mayor Richard Irvin said participation is at 72% citywide ahead of the September 30 deadline to respond but some areas are below 60%. Volunteers will visit the 25 neighborhoods with the lowest participation rates on Tuesday and again on Sept. 25 to talk to residents and distribute information about the census, he said. Census data is used to determine how $1.5 trillion in federal spending is distributed and how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets. “What we do now will impact our community for the next decade,” Irvin said. Volunteers can sign up on the city's website. The city will provide them with badges and protective equipment. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – As the anniversary of Elijan McClain’s death approaches, the city of Aurora has added two more investigators into its independent investigation into what happened. Jonathan Smith, of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, is leading that investigation. (credit: Mark Neitro) Now, Aurora has announced Roberto Villaseñor of 21CP Solutions and Dr. Melissa Costello will join him. This investigation will not bring criminal charges. The team will give the city council a written report with police recommendations for the police, fire and EMT departments. Villaseñor is a principal consultant for 21CP Solutions and the former chief of the Tucson Police Department. He retired from that department in 2015 after a 35-year-long career. 21CP is the same firm performing a broad review of the Aurora Police Department, but Councilwoman Allison Hiltz said 21CP told her there will be firewall in the firm between the...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – After a series of controversial actions by Aurora police officers, the community is demanding change. On Tuesday, the city and the chief of police announced the department will undergo a comprehensive review. (credit: CBS) “From hiring through training, through discipline and officer wellness, we really see it as a cultural review of the department,” said Aurora City Manager Jim Twombly. According to Twombly, the city has partnered with 21CP Solutions to perform the review with an estimated cost between $200,000 and $300,000. According the company’s website, 21CP Solutions is a global firm that helps communities “tackle the challenges of delivering safe, effective, just and constitutional public safety services.” (credit: CBS) “A number of them have been police chiefs, attorneys working on civil rights issues,” said Twombly. “We feel like it’s a good blend.” The city announced its review on the same day the Colorado Attorney General’s...
    By Keith Coffman and Gabriella Borter DENVER (Reuters) - The family of a 23-year-old Black man who died after a violent encounter with Aurora, Colorado, police officers filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city and its police on Tuesday, alleging murder and routine use of excessive force against Black people. The man, Elijah McClain, was walking on the street alone in August 2019 when he was stopped by three officers based on a report that he was "being suspicious." According to the complaint, the officers held him in two carotid holds around his neck, tackled him although he presented no physical threat, and medics attending to him administered an overdose of ketamine which left him unconscious. McClain died days later in the hospital. "Plaintiffs bring this action seeking both accountability for the profound loss of a beautiful soul, and to ensure that Elijah did not die in vain by...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — The City of Aurora is seeking feedback from the public about its restricted breed ordinance, which bans pit bulls. Credit: twitter.com/WTVR The Aurora City Council will host a special meeting at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, to receive public input. The City Council is considering whether to retain or repeal the ordinance, and whether a repeal should occur via City Council ordinance or public vote. Given COVID-19 limitations for public gatherings, the meeting will take place virtually, with two ways for the public to participate: by submitting comments via email and/or by providing live comments via telephone during the Aug. 10 meeting. (credit: CBS) You can provide live comments during the City Council meeting via telephone and must be in the call queue no later than 6:15 p.m. The number to call for the meeting (855-695-3475, then press *3 to reach operator) will be open for...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman got his very own nasal swab coronavirus test to celebrate the opening of a new testing site. The site at the Aurora Sports Park is just one of two in Colorado opening on Monday. (credit: CBS) The Aurora Sports Park is located at Colfax and Dunkirk. Later Monday afternoon, a COVID-19 testing site will open at Water World in Federal Heights. Testing at both facilities, operated with cooperation from the state health department, will begin immediately. (credit: CBS) The testing at the Aurora Sports Park is being touted as quick and easy. Testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. Testing should take about 15 minutes. Results are expected to be quicker than some other testing sites that use the federal process. (credit: CBS) “Part of the reason that we want to make...
    Police have issued an apology after accosting a family with young children in a case of mistaken identity. What are the details? The incident took place Sunday morning in Aurora, Colorado, according to KUSA-TV. Members of the Gilliam family packed into their family SUV for a trip to a nearby nail salon when police stopped them, believing that the vehicle was stolen. A spokesperson for the Aurora Police Department said that the vehicle matched the license plate number and a description that they were provided in reference to a stolen vehicle. The vehicle in question had, indeed, been stolen back in February, but it had been recovered and handed back to the Gilliam family a day after being reported stolen. Police approached the family, which had pulled into a parking lot to see if a nail salon was open,...
    Aurora has tapped Vanessa Wilson as the permanent chief of the Aurora Police Department, which has been plagued by controversy that has brought unwanted national attention to the city.  "She has performed so well as interim chief," said Jim Twombly, the city manager who chose Wilson to be the permanent chief, during the August 3 Aurora City Council meeting. Wilson had been serving as interim police chief since the beginning of the year, when Chief Nick Metz retired and Deputy Chief Paul O'Keefe, who was supposed to serve as interim chief, decided to also retire. Wilson, a 25-year APD veteran and the first woman to become chief, bested another internal candidate, Commander Marcus Dudley Jr., and two external candidates: Alexander D. Jones, a police colonel and bureau chief in Baltimore, and Avery L. Moore, an assistant police chief in Dallas. Aurora City Council approved Wilson's appointment by a nine to one vote.Related...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Aurora City Council voted to approve the appointment of Vanessa Wilson as the next police chief of the Aurora Police Department. Wilson has been serving as the interim police chief. Vanessa Wilson (credit: Aurora Police) City councilors noted Wilson’s response to community unrest, including protests over the death of Elijah McClain. Interim Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson (credit: CBS) “I believe this is the right choice to lead the Aurora Police Department in a time as the interim chief of police, she’s demonstrated leadership through tough decisions she has made and strong actions that she has already taken. Interim Chief Wilson has a long history of community outreach. She’s committed to listening to the many voices of our residents. She understands it will take work and actions to rebuild the trust between her officers and the community. I have every confidence this will be her top...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Aurora City Council is set to try select a new chief of police for its troubled department. It comes after yet another video resulting in officers’ actions being called into question. (credit: CBS) It was a disturbing sight. Three children on the ground, some in handcuffs, with their mother. It happened Sunday when Aurora police officers thought they had located a stolen car. It was the right license plate number, but from the wrong state. Aurora police explained, apologized and it’s now being investigated. Lindsay Minter is on the Aurora Police Citizens Oversight Committee. She sees the video as one more example of the department’s problems. “These kids are crying, and these officers don’t seem to be understanding that they are traumatizing them.” The city council is scheduled to decide who will be the new chief to reinstate community trust with the department on Monday....
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Aurora City Council could move forward in its search for a new police chief at its meeting on Monday. The council’s agenda lists the item of business for an executive session as “Approval of the appointment of the chief of police.” No name appears on the agenda. (credit: Aurora) The finalists for the job are: Marcus Dudley, Jr., a commander within the department who oversees the internal affairs department Alexander Jones, a Colonel and bureau chief for the Baltimore County Police Department Avery Moore, an assistant police chief in Dallas, Texas Vanessa Wilson, Current Interim Police Chief Aurora began looking for a new chief following the 2019 retirement of Nick Metz. Whoever ultimately gets the job will make a salary of about $200,000. In a community meeting in late June, all four candidates agreed community involvement is the key to making sure Aurora...
    Fallout for Aurora continues in connection with the August 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old, unarmed black man who was attacked by police officers despite having committed no crime; a 911 caller alerted authorities after seeing him dancing to music while wearing a ski mask. The latest hit involves a class-action lawsuit against the city, among other defendants, as a result of its reaction to a June 27 rally in which musicians playing violins in tribute to McClain, who loved the instrument, were among hundreds of people rousted by officers armed with pepper spray and more. "The situation was so asymmetrical," says attorney Mari Newman, who filed the complaint in conjunction with Andrew McNulty, her colleague at Denver-based Killmer, Lane & Newman LLC, and represents McClain's family. "Officers met violinists and calm, peaceful audience members with a massive demonstration of intimidation and physical force." The named plaintiffs in the...
    The city council of Aurora, Colorado, voted unanimously on Monday night to call for an independent investigation into the death of Elijah McClain, CBS Denver reports. The 23-year-old Black man died last August after he was stopped on the street by police, put in a chokehold and later sedated with ketamine. Jonathan Smith, the executive director of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, will lead the investigation. Smith spent five years with the Department of Justice investigating civil rights violations by law enforcement, and also helped lead the civil investigation into the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, according to CBS Denver. A three-member team, with at least three additional consultants, will help conduct the investigation. The team won't bring criminal charges — but it will examine and provide recommendations on first responder policies including calls for service, police contact, calls for medical assistance, ketamine...
    People shut down I-225 in both directions as they demand justice for Elijah McClain on June 27, 2020 in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) AURORA, Colo. (AP) — 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 Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, will lead the three-person panel reviewing policing policies at issue in the death of Elijah McClain, Sentinel Colorado reported Tuesday. Read More: Officer who stopped Elijah McClain fired over photos Three officers stopped McClain as he walked down an Aurora street on Aug, 23, 2019 after a 911 caller reported him as suspicious. Police placed him in a chokehold, and...
    The many fans of Racines were devastated to learn last week that owners Lee Goodfriend and David Racine would not be reopening their Governor's Park neighborhood eatery after all, and so there would be no chance to have a long, slow goodbye before the originally promised closing date of January 2021, when their deal to sell the property goes through. But Goodfriend and Racine are only two of many restaurant owners facing the "sad, sad, sad" situation, as Racine put it, of closing up shop because of the potential health risks of reopening. And in many other cases, the decision not to reopen — or to shut down after reopening — is prompted not just by health concerns, but by tough economic realities. All over town, seemingly stable eateries have thrown in the towel because the option of operating at 50 percent capacity indefinitely (or at least until a vaccine is produced),...
    Authorities in Aurora have repeatedly tried to bury controversial news related to the August 2019 attack on Elijah McClain, an unarmed, 23-year-old black man who died after an encounter with police prompted by a 911 call reporting "suspicious" activity:a man dancing to music while wearing a ski mask. But the tragedy continues to receive national attention anyway, prompting a highly unusual strategy by Visit Aurora. Like the vast majority of tourism agencies from coast to coast, Visit Aurora, a nonprofit born in 2010 and funded by a percentage of the city's hotel-stay tax, is perpetually positive, with its focus trained on promoting the town's restaurants, entertainment options and more. But today, July 9, one of the main items on its home page is headlined "Visit Aurora Stands With Its Community in the Fight for Systemic Equality" — and it links to a letter that mentions McClain in the first sentence. The...
    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The local investigation related to the death of a 23-year-old Black man who died after police stopped him on the street in suburban Denver will focus on first-responder training and policies as the state attorney general's probe looks at whether criminal charges are warranted, Aurora city councilors and staff said Monday. City councilors discussed their plans during a study session, when no votes are taken, the Colorado Sentinel reported. The city is looking at having a committee that includes experts on civil rights, criminal justice and medical assistance in police calls conduct the review. The city had hired a Connecticut-based attorney and former police officer to examine McClain's 2019 death but that deal was canceled following criticism from some city councilors. Gov. Jared Polis asked Attorney General Phil Weiser to investigate McClain's death on Aug. 25 and pursue criminal charges against anyone he believes should be...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – During a study session Monday night, Aurora City Council discussed the independent, third-party investigation into Elijah McClain’s death. Council members also voted to move forward on a ban on carotid control holds and chokeholds. City Manager Jim Twombly mandated a new policy for Aurora police in June to stop the use of carotid holds, the restraint used on McClain. The new ordinance would make the ban more permanent and harder to reverse. Twombly is also working with city council members to assemble an independent panel to investigate McClain’s death. Elijah McClain (credit: CBS) Police stopped McClain in Aug. 2019 while responding to a report of a suspicious person. McClain, a 23-year-old black man, was restrained by police before paramedics administered a dose of 500 mg of ketamine. McClain went into cardiac arrest in the ambulance and later died at the hospital. McClain’s death has garnered national...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — Monday night the Aurora City Council will vote on whether to ban police officers from using carotid control hold. That’s the hold used on Elijah McClain last August, before his death. Last month, the city manager mandated a new policy to stop those holds. The new ordinance would make it more permanent and harder to reverse. Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson says she supports banning the maneuver. Last week, three Aurora police officers were fired and one resigned after the discovery of photos taken at the site where officers confronted McClain. One photo showed an officer reenacting the carotid control hold used on McClain. (courtesy: Aurora Police) Officers Erica Marrero, Jaron Jones and Kyle Dittrich were the ones seen smiling in the two photos released. Jones was the only of the three to resign before being given termination notice. Marrero and Dittrich were fired for conduct...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Changes at the Aurora Police Department are coming but it’s uncertain if more scandals will surface before reforms can take hold, according to at least one community activist. (credit: CBS) “We need to be able to have trust all the way around if we’re going to be able to solve crimes, if we’re going to be able to keep people safe. And more importantly for people to feel like, ‘Hey I live in a city that loves me. I live in a city that respects me,” said Omar Montgomery, the President of the NAACP Aurora Chapter. Montgomery was nearly elected mayor last fall. He’s now been picked to be part of a task force with a dozen other community members to look into what kind of oversight the Aurora Police Department needs. Since the task force was formed last month, scandal has continued to...
    DENVER (AP) — A police chief spent over four hours defending her officers’ tactics to leaders in a Denver suburb after police unleashed pepper spray and used batons on demonstrators during a vigil for Elijah McClain, a Black man who died after police put him in a chokehold last year. Aurora Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said the officers were responding to a small group of agitators among the largely peaceful crowd Saturday. McClain’s name is among those used as a rallying cry during nationwide protests over racial injustice and police brutality. “We were attacked with rocks, and we had to defend our officers,” she said at an online Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday night. “My officers aren’t sacrificial lambs.” Wilson said they were concerned agitators would try to break in to police headquarters and destroy evidence from case files inside. Three white officers stopped McClain as he walked down...
    (CBS4)– People around the nation are following the idea of music in memory of Elijah McClain. He died after an altercation with Aurora police last year. Over the weekend, hundreds gathered for a Justice for Elijah McClain rally in Aurora. McClain, a musician himself, was not armed and had not committed a crime before he was stopped by police. (credit: CBS) On Saturday, a crowd gathered around a group of musicians playing violin at the rally in McClain’s honor. Shortly after, Aurora police stormed the crowd and used tear gas to break up the group. Elijah McClain (credit: CBS) That idea has spread to other cities. On Monday night, what appeared to be dozens of people gathered for an Elijah McClain vigil in New York City. At Washington Square Park, there was a violin vigil where the musicians performed Amazing Grace just as they did in Aurora last weekend. (credit:...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora Mayor Michael Coffman announced he’s calling for a special meeting of the city council on Tuesday, June 30. He wants to hear the police department explain its response to Saturday’s protest over the death of Elijah McClain. (credit: CBS) Police officer deployed pepper spray and smoke on people in the crowd. Officers said some demonstrators threw sticks and rocks at them. They say demonstrators also knocked over a fence and ignored orders to move back. Mike Coffman (credit: CBS) Officers arrested two people during the protest.
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado group is organizing a rally and march for Aurora’s Elijah McClain. The 23-year-old man died after a confrontation with Aurora police in August of 2019. (credit: CBS) Rally organizers say they plan to demand all three officers involved and two paramedics be fired; the case be reopened and criminal charges be filed against the officers and paramedics; restitution for the McClain family. The rally is scheduled for Saturday, June 27 at 1 p.m. at APD headquarters. McClain was walking with a mask on and groceries in his hand when he was approached by police. Officers were responding to a call of a suspicious person in the area matching McClain’s description. Elijah McClain (credit: Mari Newman) A police officer in the released video acknowledges McClain was not doing anything criminal prior to the arrest. During the confrontation, McClain was placed in a carotid restraint, which...
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