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    The Houston Texans need to come to terms now that Deshaun Watson is done playing for them.When John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says it’s time for the Houston Texans to trade Deshaun Watson, it’s time for the Houston Texans to trade Deshaun Watson. There is no man more connected with Houston football than McClain. He has covered the Texans since their inception. Before that, he covered the then-Houston Oilers. McClain knows a dead-end road when he sees one, which is exactly what the Texans’ relationship with the star quarterback has become. The Texans are left with no choice and must incite a bidding war for his services. Several teams will be lining up to trade for Deshaun Watson this offseasonWhile not every team in the NFL will want to trade for Watson, you better believe at least a quarter of them would kick the tires on this standout quarterback. Teams...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The history of Black Coloradans protesting and demonstrating for racial justice dates back well into the previous century, but in the modern era the most recognized gathering associated with civil rights is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commision Marade. A summer of unrest in 2020 challenged the well-known approach to marching and activism with a new style of protesting for the lives of many including Elijah McClain. “The Marade is the standard bearer,” said Dr. Vern L. Howard, the chairman of the commission. “We decided to march down Colfax to the State Capitol. We got attention.” READ MORE: 1981 Cold Case: David Dwayne Anderson Arrested For Murder Of Sylvia Quayle In Cherry Hills Village (credit: CBS) Howard says the origins of protesting in Colorado includes miners in southern Colorado and standing up against the KKK in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. But years later he was there...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Aurora Police Chief is speaking out for the first time following an independent investigation into the death of Elijah McClain. “Elijah McClain should still be here today,” said Aurora Police Chief, Vanessa Wilson. “I will hold myself and our officers accountable.” READ MORE: Elijah McClain Report: Aurora Police Detective Tells 911 He Got The Help He Needed The report, released Monday, is highly critical of how Aurora Police and Aurora Fire paramedics handled the interaction with McClain. During a press conference Tuesday morning, Wilson would not comment on disciplinary action against the officers involved. Vanessa Wilson (credit: CBS) “The governor has ordered that the Attorney General look into the case with Elijah and his death, and therefore it is completely inappropriate for me to comment on wrongdoing or anything that I shouldn’t elaborate on until the grand jury has the opportunity to look at case...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– The Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Department responded on Tuesday to an independent review into the death of Elijah McClain. The report was released on Monday morning and recommended major changes within the police force and how officers communicate with paramedics and other first responders. Elijah McClain (credit: CBS) The 157-page report goes into extensive detail about the August 2019 death of McClain following an encounter with Aurora police. It states that emergency crews mishandled the response. The 23-year-old was walking home from a convenience store wearing a ski mask when someone called 911 to report a suspicious person. READ MORE: Elijah McClain Investigation: Implicit Bias Among Focuses From Independent Investigation 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...
    (CNN)The IRS is extending federal tax filing and payment deadlines for everyone in Texas following the state's bout with devastating winter storms. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. SCOTUSThe Supreme Court has allowed the release of former President Trump's tax returns to a New York prosecutor, dealing a major blow to Trump, who has fought for years to keep his tax information under wraps. However, the tax returns are shielded from public disclosure because of grand jury secrecy rules. Subpoenaed documents, ranging from 2011 to 2019, relate to the Trump Organization's employment of Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen and hush money he allegedly paid two women who...
    Getty Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson Headlined by Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, the AFC West is home to a strong group of young signal-callers. The weakest link of the group, the Denver Broncos, have been linked to a number of potential upgrades early on in an offseason expected to see a higher volume of quarterback movement than normal. Among those options has been the highly coveted Deshaun Watson, who remains in a stalemate with a disoriented Houston Texans front office. While speculation on whether the three-time Pro Bowler is truly available for trade has been inconsistent in recent months, a new report this week has offered some clarity on the situation as it pertains to the Broncos’ chances of landing Watson — and how it could impact the Chiefs. Follow the Heavy on Chiefs Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content out...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman wants a special study session on the Elijah McClain investigation. The goal is to lay out findings provided by outside experts. Coffman says City Manager Jim Twombly asked for the presentation of findings. (credit: Mike Coffman) McClain died in August of 2019 after an encounter with Aurora police. He was walking home from a convenient store when someone called 911 to report a suspicious person. Officers tried to arrest McClain, who resisted and was not armed. Officers then put him in a carotid hold, and paramedics injected him with ketamine. Elijah McClain (credit: CBS) He suffered a heart attack on the way to the hospital and was pulled off life support days later. RELATED: CDPHE To Resume Review Program Into Controversial Drug Ketamine Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser opened a grand jury investigation into his death earlier in January. The special study sessions...
    DENVER (AP) — Suburban Denver police officers who detained four Black girls by gunpoint, handcuffing two of them, after wrongly suspecting they were riding in a stolen car this summer won’t be charged, prosecutors said Friday. It came the same day the Colorado attorney general opened a grand jury investigation into the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who was stopped as he walked down the street, placed in a neck hold and injected with a sedative in 2019. Both involved officers from the Aurora Police Department and drew national attention during America’s reckoning over racism and police brutality. Months after video of the girls laying face down in a parking lot — some in tears — spread on social media, a review by the district attorney’s office found no evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers acted unlawfully during the Aug. 2 traffic stop. But...
    More On: nasa Bezos says his space exploration company will make history Astronauts grow radishes aboard the International Space Station China plants its flag on moon before return trip to Earth NASA: Mystery object is 54-year-old rocket, not asteroid CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has named the 18 astronauts — half of them women — who will train for its Artemis moon-landing program. The first woman and next man on the moon will come from this elite group. Vice President Mike Pence introduced the astronauts Wednesday at the close of his final meeting as chairman of the National Space Council. The announcement was made at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, beneath one of only three remaining Saturn V moon rockets from the 1960s and 1970s Apollo program. Pence noted that the last of the 12 men to walk on the moon, the late Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan, wanted nothing...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– The City of Aurora has rescheduled the termination appeal hearings for three Aurora police officers who took pictures near where Elijah McClain was detained before his death. The appeal hearings with the Aurora City Civil Service Commission initially scheduled for Tuesday have been rescheduled for February 2021. (courtesy: Aurora Police) The Aurora Police Department fired two of the three officers who posed for photos at the Elijah McClain memorial. The other officer resigned. One photo shows the officers reenacting the chokehold used on McClain, 23, who later died. Jaron Jones, in the center of the photos, resigned. His record will show that he was going to be terminated and he will not be allowed to be a police officer anywhere in Colorado. (credit: CBS) Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich, also seen in the photos, were fired. The picture was sent to another Aurora police officer, Jason Rosenblatt....
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan facing growing calls from his own ranks to give up his leadership post in light of the sweeping ComEd bribery scandal, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday suggested the powerful Southwest Side Democrat can’t continue to serve with a cloud hanging over him, but stopped short of demanding his resignation. A former federal prosecutor herself, Lightfoot said she has been watching “with great interest” as the feds first charged ComEd itself with a yearslong bribery scheme that sought to influence Madigan, and then last month announced an indictment against longtime Madigan ally Michael McClain, as well as three former ComEd executives and lobbyists. The ComEd scandal has prompted 19 Illinois House Democrats to announce they won’t be voting for Madigan as speaker when the new Illinois General Assembly is sworn in next month. Madigan needs at least 60 votes to keep his...
    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...
    DENVER (AP) — Police officers and medics sued over the death of Elijah McClain are asking a judge to dismiss the federal lawsuit. In one of several dismissal motions filed late Monday, lawyers for the three police officers who confronted and struggled with McClain, a Black man who had been reported as suspicious as he walked down the street, said the lawsuit did not sufficiently allege that they treated him differently than they would a white person. McClain was put in a neck hold and later injected with ketamine, a sedative, on Aug. 24, 2109 in Aurora and died several days later at the hospital. The filing said McClain's death was a tragedy but that it was not caused by “deliberate or discriminatory acts or omissions” by the officers. Other officers who responded to the scene later and paramedics who administered the ketamine also filed motions asking for the claims...
    A Connecticut man was recently arrested at a Target for allegedly exposing himself to young people. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, police were called to the Target at the Post Mall in Milford around 3:40 p.m. for a report of public indecency, police said. Following an investigation, Milford Police allege a 23-year-old man exposed his genitals to two young victims. Police located the suspect a short distance away and made the arrest: William McClain, 23, of Seymour, has been charged with risk of injury, breach of peace, and public indecency, police said. McClain has a Dec. 28 court date to address the charges.
    Khloe Kardashian planned the pool renovation on a 2019 episode of "Flip It Like Disick." Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage; The SOCIETY Group; Samantha Lee/Insider Khloé Kardashian sold her Calabasas, California, mansion for $15.5 million, James McClain reported for Variety. While the finalized deal is $3.5 million below the initial asking price, McClain wrote that it's a "record price," higher than any Calabasas home sale ever before. The estate —which was once owned by Justin Bieber, and Eddie Murphy before that — features a private walking path, breathtaking views of the Malibu Canyon, a pool, and a guesthouse. The home was featured in Architectural Digest in 2016 and on Scott Disick's home renovation show "Flip It Like Disick" in 2019. Kardashian photographed the property herself using only her iPhone, the listing agent said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Khloé Kardashian sold her Calabasas, California, mansion for $15.5 million, James McClain reported for Variety....
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A very special purple playground is now built and ready for fun and it’s all thanks to the Ravens. A new jungle gym, swing set and playhouse all decked out in the Ravens logo are now ready for students at Edgecombe Circle Elementary School in Baltimore. “We are so excited about the playground. We just got a call one day with this wonderful opportunity,” Principal Monica McClain said. McClain said the school was selected to receive a new playground courtesy of the Ravens and nonprofit KABOOM!, which focuses on ending playspace inequity. “Our last playground here was not in the best shape. It was deteriorating, it had holes in the slide, it just wasn’t ideal for children,” McClain said. The Ravens selected Edgecombe Circle Elementary School after it merged with Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary/Middle School. “This school at Edgecombe just really appealed to us,” Heather Darney...
    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A man who drove his Jeep through a demonstration on an interstate in suburban Denver, drawing gunfire that injured two protesters, will not face charges unless more evidence comes to light, prosecutors said Wednesday. 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 over the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after being stopped by police in Aurora last year. “It seems to me he avoids people wherever possible and just tries to get out of there,” the district attorney said, noting that the driver and his passenger have turned down prosecutors’ requests for interviews. The driver of the Jeep was not arrested, but his vehicle was seized as evidence. He said protesters on Interstate 225 in Aurora surrounded his vehicle and were...
    The Aurora, Colo., Police Department has suspended an officer who pulled his gun on an Indian American doctor who was parking at his own workplace. Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said Tuesday that Officer Justin Henderson would be suspended without pay for 40 hours and required to attend de-escalation training, according to Sentinel Colorado. In a cellphone video taken by P.J. Parmar on March 1, Parmar accuses Henderson of trespassing at Mango House, a resource center for refugees. An argument ensues when Henderson appears skeptical that Parmar actually owns the property, and holds what appears to be a pistol with an attached flashlight. “[Henderson] approached me, pointed his gun point blank at my head, and repeatedly demanded for me to prove that it is my property,” Parmar wrote shortly after the incident in a medium post. “As if a dark skin person doesn’t own commercial buildings in the ‘hood, or tend...
    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...
    ESPN analyst and former Australian tennis star Rennae Stubbs has come under fire after a bizarre post-match interview with Naomi Osaka at the US Open after her victory in the 2020 US Open women's quarterfinals. Osaka had just defeated American Shelby Rodgers and was wearing a black face masks with George Floyd's name on it during Stubbs' interview. 'I've been trying to guess what name is going to be on the mask every single day. I was wrong about today,' Stubbs joked during Osaka's interview.  'Are you going to give us a foretelling of who's going to be in the next match?' she asked. Australian tennis commentator Rennae Stubbs has been slammed for her questions about Naomi Osaka’s anti-racism stand conveyed through face masks As she wore a mask with name of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police in May, Stubbs said she 'couldn't wait to see...
    Naomi Osaka donned the latest in a series of statement-making face masks on Sunday, wearing a covering that paid tribute to slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The 22-year-old tennis star has been using her masks for activism during the US Open, sporting custom pieces that bare the names of black men and women who have been killed by police or in other racist attacks. On September 6, she entered the court at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Cente for her face-off against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia — whom she defeated 6–3 — while wearing a colorful Nike ensemble and a black mask featuring Trayvon's name in all caps. Making a statement: Naomi Osaka wore a 'Trayvon Martin' face mask to the US Open on September 6 The 22-year-old tennis star said: 'I remember Trayvon’s death clearly. I remember being a kid and just feeling scared' 'I actually didn’t...
    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) – 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...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Protestors marched through downtown Los Angeles for the second night in a row on Tuesday, following two police shootings across the country in the past 10 days. A small group of demonstrators gathered on the north side of First St., across from the LAPD headquarters, around 10 p.m. Officers in riot gear monitored their activity, but no arrests were initially made. The group continued to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, near Bauchet and Vignes streets. L.A. sheriff’s deputies watched the scene, but did not engage with the protestors. On Monday night, a group of around 200 protestors marched through downtown Los Angeles, along Spring St, and eventually stopping in front of LAPD headquarters. Video from the scene that circulated on social media showed the protestors moving a metal barricade around the department’s perimeter and throwing smoke bombs at officers. Officers declared an unlawful assembly at about...
    Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson showed support for Earl Thomas on Twitter after he was released by the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson expressed his support for former Raven Earl Thomas after he was cut Sunday following a training camp altercation with teammate Chuck Clark on Saturday. Watson said that he respected Thomas and praised him for answering his questions out of a love for the game. The star quarterback also said that he was surprised with the move, a reasonable statement considering the veteran safety’s impressive career to this point. Thomas is a three-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler, and was a crucial piece of Seattle’s vaunted “Legion of Boom” secondary. Wherever he lands, he will likely be a major contributor. Surprised the Ravens released my guy @Earl_Thomas . Hearing all the noise but Earl’s always been someone I can rely on when I had questions...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Activists from Louisville, Kentucky will demonstrate alongside Coloradans in their fight for justice for Elijah McClain on Saturday. They say they are reciprocating support given to them by Colorado activists in rallies for justice for Breonna Taylor. The Say Their Names rally is scheduled from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. AURORA, CO – JUNE 27: A woman holds up a sign as people rally outside the Aurora Police Department Headquarters to demand justice for Elijah McClain on June 27, 2020 in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) McClain was arrested by Aurora police on Aug. 24, 2019 after someone reported a suspicious person walking with a mask on. Police questioned McClain, who was walking home from a convenient store and had not committed a crime. A fight broke out when officers tried to restrain McClain. They placed him in a...
    PASADENA (CBSLA) — The Pasadena Police Department Thursday released video of a deadly police shooting that left one man dead. According to the department, the fatal shooting happened just before 8 p.m. Saturday on Raymond Avenue and Grandview Street after two officers conducted a traffic stop. Police said the driver of the vehicle was cooperating with officers when the passenger, identified as 32-year-old Anthony McClain, allegedly got out of the vehicle and ran. At one point, McClain allegedly removed a handgun from the waistband of his pants. “Fearing for both his and the public’s safety, the officer fired his weapon twice, striking the suspect at least once in the upper torso,” an earlier statement from the department said. McClain, a father of three, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police said a firearm was recovered from the scene, and that McClain was on probation...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– The Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman is expecting Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser to come forward with a consent decree that would require the city’s police department to make numerous changes. What happened on Aug. 24 of last year to Elijah McClain could now possibly lead to strict oversight of the department that took him into custody. Elijah McClain (credit: CBS) McClain was confronted by police while he was walking home. He later died after being held by police and injected with a sedative, ketamine, by paramedics. Candice Bailey, a McClain family spokesperson told CBS4 on Tuesday, “We have not stopped. Time’s up APD we are coming for you. This doesn’t change a single thing.” The lawsuit filed Tuesday by McClain’s family revealed he was detained by not one, but two carotid holds, a hammerlock, and his muscles separated which causes pain. He was held down for 18...
    (CNN)Should you cancel your winter plans? Fewer people are planning to travel, but there are still destinations looking forward to a bump -- and road trips are emerging as a hot option, too. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Election 2020The ticket is set. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has picked Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate, ending months of speculation and breaking several historical barriers. Harris, 55, was the first woman and the first Black woman to serve as California's top law enforcement official. She is also the first Black woman from California to serve in the US Senate and the second overall. Now, she is the first Black and South Asian woman to grace a...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — A 23-year-old man believed to have fired his gun during a protest Saturday evening was arrested Monday by the Aurora Police Department. Samuel Young did not turn himself in, according to Aurora Police Department spokesman Matthew Longshore. Officers arrested him at his home. A online search of public records indicates Young is a Wheat Ridge resident. (credit: Aurora Police Department) Young faces four counts of attempted homicide following a strange turn of events as protesters marched along a section of interstate in Aurora. He is accused of firing a weapon as a blue Jeep raced through the crowd. Gunshots can be heard on cell phone video from the event. Two people were injured by the gunfire, according to investigators, presumably from Young’s weapon. Photo of alleged protest shooter Samuel Young immediately following Saturday’s incident, submitted to CBS4 anonymously. Young was identified Sunday by police as the...
    Legal proceedings against two co-defendants in a 2015 Vallejo murder case, reshuffled several times, continue in the coming months, including a jury trial rescheduled from early November 2019 to October 2020. Richard Edward Hill III and Isaiah Demetrius McClain and their defense attorneys, who were scheduled to appear in court in early June for a trial setting,will return at  10 a.m. Sept. 2 for a trial readiness conference in Department 4 of Solano County Superior Court, Judge E. Bradley Nelson’s courtroom, in the Hall of Justice in Fairfield. Nelson did not grant a previous request from Hill’s attorney, Vincent Maher, to sever, or separate, the trials. So the defendants, according to court records, will be tried together. Criminal defense attorney David Nelson (no relation to the judge) represents McClain. After the readiness conference, Hill, 43, and McClain, 31, both formerly of Richmond, will return at 10 a.m. Oct. 23 for...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – For the first time in more than 10 months, the family of Elijah McClain was able to gather peacefully with the community to celebrate his life. McClain’s sister, Naomi, told CBS4 the gathering at Utah Park in Aurora on Saturday evening was their first time being able to solely focus on the life Elijah lived. (credit: CBS) “It is giving some of us closure. At the same time, it is opening feelings for others,” Naomi McClain said. Hundreds gathered Saturday night on the north lawn of Utah Park for an evening of food, music, unity and remembrance. McClain said the turnout, and intent of the event, brought joy to her and her mother. “We are kind of sad it happened a little late. But, we are grateful that it is happening instead of being swept under the rug,” Naomi sai. “Events like this really speak about...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – An LED candlelight vigil is planned Saturday evening to honor Elijah McClain. We Shall Overcome, Now, vigil organizers, will gather at Utah Park starting at 5 p.m. They plan to spell Elijah’s name using hundreds of candles. The public is invited to bring white flowers, letters and artwork to honor him. AURORA, CO – JUNE 27: A woman holds up a sign as people rally outside the Aurora Police Department Headquarters to demand justice for Elijah McClain on June 27, 2020 in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) McClain died after being arrested by Aurora police on Aug. 24 of 2019. His death has become a focal point in a call for racial equality across the country. (credit: CBS) The 23-year-old was walking home from a store when a passerby called 911 and reported that he was acting suspicious. McClain was wearing a ski mask, but...
    Dow ends nearly 370 points higher as Nasdaq logs another record close 2021 Toyota Supra My Black son who has autism is different like Elijah McClain was. It makes me fear for him more than my other kids. © Provided by INSIDER Sharisse Taylor has three Black sons, but is most concerned about her child with autism. Sharisse Taylor Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man, was pulled over by three white police officers last summer in response to a call about a man who was acting "suspicious" and "weird."  McClain, a massage therapist, tried explaining that he was "just different," and died after one of the cops put him in a chokehold. After learning of his death, Sharisse Taylor, who has three Black sons, became even more terrified for her youngest son, who has autism.  Taylor worries how her 12-year-old, who's prone to running away and being forthcoming...
    Sharisse Taylor has three Black sons, but is most concerned about her child with autism. Sharisse Taylor Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man, was pulled over by three white police officers last summer in response to a call about a man who was acting "suspicious" and "weird."  McClain, a massage therapist, tried explaining that he was "just different," and died after one of the cops put him in a chokehold. After learning of his death, Sharisse Taylor, who has three Black sons, became even more terrified for her youngest son, who has autism.  Taylor worries how her 12-year-old, who's prone to running away and being forthcoming with his feelings, will respond if he's ever confronted by the police. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When I heard the final words of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died last August days days after being put in...
    By PATTY NIEBERG, Associated Press/Report for America DENVER (AP) — Two Colorado police officers fired for a photo reenacting a chokehold used on a Black man arrested last year appealed their terminations, officials said Thursday. Officers Kyle Dittrich and Erica Marrero were fired last week after Aurora police released a photo showing them and a third officer smiling as they reenacted the chokehold their colleagues used on Elijah McClain, who died after police stopped him as he walked down the street in the Denver suburb of Aurora. The third officer, Jaron Jones, resigned. The appeals were filed July 8 with the Aurora Civil Service Commission and the next step is for the commission to schedule hearing dates. “Upon hearing the case with a fresh presentation of all evidence, the commission will rule on whether to uphold the chief’s disciplinary decision or reduce it,” city spokesperson Michael Bryant said in an...
    (CBS4) — On Saturday, Elijah McClain‘s mother is expected to join a candlelight vigil with the goal of being visible from the heavens. “We Shall Overcome” says they will be at Utah Park in Aurora off Peoria and Jewell at 5 p.m. The group is inviting the community to join them — with white flowers, candles, or any artwork to add to the vigil. They are planning to have hundreds of attendants spell out “Elijah” with candlelight. The 23-year-old unarmed Black man died last August, after a confrontation with Aurora police. RELATED: Ketamine Dose For Elijah McClain ‘Too Much,’ Says Anesthesiologist
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Multiple anesthesiologists are questioning the amount of Ketamine, a widely employed sedative, used on Elijah McClain just before he stopped breathing last August, with one doctor saying it was, “Too much, twice too much.” The popular sedative was injected into McClain by a member of Aurora Fire Rescue the night of Aug. 24, 2019, after McClain, 23, was stopped by Aurora police officers. Officers said McClain showed signs of “excited delirium,” a syndrome which can feature aggressive behavior, unexpected strength, violence, stamina and sweating. (credit: Aurora) Ketamine, which is used in association with anesthesia, is commonly used by first responders on individuals exhibiting excited delirium symptoms. But Dr. Ebony Jade Hilton, an anesthesiologist at the University of Virginia, told CBS4 the 500 mg dose used on McClain was far too much. “In this instance, I don’t see the necessity of using a potent agent at that high...
    The Aurora Police Department waited until July 3, the Friday before the Fourth of July holiday weekend, to release photos of three officers making sport of a chokehold at the site where cops had attacked and brutalized 23-year-old Elijah McClain — an unarmed black man who was the subject of a 911 call for nothing more than dancing to music while wearing a ski mask — last August 24; he died days later. Jaron Jones, who was at the center of the selfie, resigned on July 2, following an internal affairs investigation into the photos, while the two other camera subjects, Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich, were fired on July 3 — as was Jason Rosenblatt, who texted "Haha" after being sent the shot. Rosenblatt was one of the three officers who'd responded to that 911 call, along with Nathan Woodyard and Randy Roedema, who remain on the force — and none received any punishment for...
    “I can’t breathe. I have my ID right here. My name is Elijah McClain. That’s my house. I was just going home. I’m an introvert. I’m just different. That’s all. I’m so sorry. I have no gun. I don’t do that stuff. I don’t do any fighting. Why are you attacking me? I don’t even kill flies! I don’t eat meat! But I don’t judge people, I don’t judge people who do eat meat. Forgive me. All I was trying to do was become better. I will do it. I will do better. I will do anything. Sacrifice my identity. I’ll do it. You all are phenomenal. You are beautiful. And I love you. Try to forgive me. I am a mood Gemini. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. Ow, that really hurt. You all are very strong. Team work makes the dream work… (crying).. oh I’m sorry. I just can’t...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Hundreds rallied and marched through the streets of Denver on Saturday night, dedicated to finding justice and unity for all people… no matter their race, gender, nationality or religion. The crowds made their way from Manual High School to downtown Denver. (credit: CBS) Many carried signs that read, “Justice For Elijah McClain,” “Ideas Are Bulletproof” and Black Lives Matter.” The Rise Up Rally, organized by 10for10, is scheduled for 5 p.m. The group of Black young men says they unite communities and Black men through community service. The same group marched in Aurora on Friday to demand justice for Elijah McClain. Hundreds of people rallied at the community memorial for the 23-year-old who died after a confrontation with Aurora police last year. (credit: CBS) They marched to the Aurora Police Department’s District 1 Police Station in response to the death of Elijah McClain and recent disciplinary action against...
    Two police officers in Colorado have been fired over a photograph showing them reenacting the chokehold maneuver used on Elijah McClain before his 2019 death, officials said Friday. A third Aurora cop, Jason Rosenblatt, was also discharged for receiving the image and replying “with the inappropriate comment ‘ha ha,’” Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said at a press conference. Rosenblatt was one of the three cops involved McClain’s violent arrest last August, according to The Denver Post. Officers Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich were fired for posing in the photo taken on Oct. 20 at the site of McClain’s Aug. 24 arrest and near a memorial for the 23-year-old massage therapist. A third cop who posed in the picture, Jaron Jones, has already resigned Tuesday before he could face discipline, Wilson said. The department announced on Monday that an internal investigation had been launched after a report that multiple officers...
    Three US police officers in Colorado have been sacked after they shared photos re-enacting a chokehold used on a black man who later died. Elijah McClain, 23, died in August last year after being stopped by police. Another officer resigned over the matter. A local police chief called the images "beyond comprehension". Mr McClain's case attracted renewed focus in the wake of the death of George Floyd, another unarmed African-American who died in police custody. The officers who were fired were named as Jason Rosenblatt, Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich. The fourth, Jaron Jones, resigned on Tuesday. Vanessa Wilson, the acting police chief in the Denver suburb of Aurora, where the incident took place, called the images a crime against humanity and decency. "We are ashamed, we are sickened, and we are angry about what I have to share," she told a news conference. "While the allegations of...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Interim Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson used the same words many in the public have to describe the actions of some of her officers, starting with “sickening.” Wilson fired three police officers and another resigned, amid an investigation into photos showing some in uniform mimicking the chokehold used on Elijah McClain during his arrest. (courtesy: Aurora Police) “We are ashamed. We are sickened. We are angry,” Wilson said. “I am disgusted to my core.” Wilson said she intentionally expedited the internal affairs investigation and chief review processes after learning the photos, which were taken in October of 2019, existed. PHOTO GALLERY: Elijah McClain Rally After Aurora Police Officers Fired “They reenacted the carotid control hold which was administered on Elijah,” Wilson said. McClain died days after an encounter with police in August of last year. Wilson told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas the officers in the photos took them...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Hundreds of people filled the streets of Aurora on Friday night, marching in protest related to the death of Elijah McClain. The protest happened just hours after the Aurora Police Department announced the fate of officers involved in a photo scandal related to McClain’s death. (credit: CBS) The Aurora Police Department fired two of the three officers who posed for photos at the Elijah McClain memorial. The other officer resigned. One photo shows the officers reenacting the chokehold used on McClain, who later died. (courtesy: Aurora Police) Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson made the announcement on Friday afternoon. Shortly after, McClain’s family made a statement at the site where the 23-year-old was first approached by officers while walking home from the store last year. Elijah McClain (credit: Mari Newman) Jaron Jones, in the center of the photos, resigned. His record will show that he was going to...
    Two police officers in Colorado have been fired over a photograph showing them reenacting the chokehold maneuver used on Elijah McClain before his 2019 death, officials said Friday. A third Aurora cop, Jason Rosenblatt, was also discharged for receiving the image and replying “with the inappropriate comment ‘ha ha,'” Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said at a press conference. Rosenblatt was one of the three cops involved McClain’s violent arrest last August, according to The Denver Post. Officers Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich were fired for posing in the photo taken on Oct. 20 at the site of McClain’s Aug. 24 arrest and near a memorial for the 23-year-old massage therapist. A third cop who posed in the picture, Jaron Jones, has already resigned Tuesday before he could face discipline, Wilson said. The department announced on Monday that an internal investigation had been launched after a report that multiple officers posed...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including demanding Justice for Elijah McClain, asking for an End to Qualified Immunity, and Telling the UN to Fund Anti-Poaching Efforts! We...
    The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it is reviewing Elijah McClain’s death to determine if a federal civil rights probe is “warranted.” The department released a statement acknowledging it typically does “not discuss the existence or progress of ongoing investigations,” but it made an exception for McClain's case. “However, there are specific cases in which doing so is warranted if such information is in the best interest of the public and public safety,” the department said. “Recent attention on the death of Elijah McClain warrants such disclosure.”  The statement also revealed that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado and the Denver Division of the FBI had been reviewing the case for a possible civil rights investigation since 2019.  The Justice Department said its Civil Rights Division is now involved in the review of McClain’s death. The release said the “matter is ongoing” as the offices work to get more...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Denver Division of the FBI issued a statement Tuesday about photos of Aurora police officers taken at the Elijah McClain memorial. Sources tell CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass the photos show the officers reenacting the carotid restraint, which was used on McClain. (credit: CBS) On Tuesday, FBI investigators said they were aware of the internal investigation into the photographs. “We are gathering further information about that incident to determine whether a federal civil rights investigation is warranted,” officials stated. Officials say the FBI began reviewing the facts of McClain’s death for a potential federal civil rights investigation in 2019. The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has been involved in ​the review. Elijah McClain (credit: Mari Newman) “The matter is ongoing, and we are in the process of gathering additional evidence from the Aurora Police Department and other parties. To date, the City of Aurora has...
    (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:...
    People protest and demand justice for Elijah McClain on June 27, 2020, in Aurora, Colorado. Thousands across the country have come together to protest the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain, who died after being put in a chokehold while in the custody of the Aurora Police Department in Colorado. Amid those who came out to honor and support justice for McClain were some Aurora police officers who chose to act inappropriately at the young Black man’s memorial. Multiple officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation after allegations that the officers took photos reenacting a chokehold at the spot at which McClain was arrested and wrestled to the ground, CBS News reported. The city’s interim police chief, Vanessa Wilson, released a statement Monday acknowledging she learned of these allegations on Thursday. They were “reported to Internal Affairs by an Aurora Police Officer alleging multiple Aurora Police...
    Dozens of violinists turned out to New York City’s Washington Square Park to play their instruments in honor of Elijah McClain who was killed following a police interaction in Aurora, Colorado. Writer Miriam Elder captured the beautiful moment, posting it to Twitter. READ MORE: Thousands of Denver protesters march for justice for Elijah McClain She noted that everyone she saw was wearing a face mask. New York turned out for a violin vigil for Elijah McClain at Washington Square Park tonight (and every person I saw was wearing a mask) pic.twitter.com/Q8m7SViNjt — Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) June 30, 2020 “In Loving Memory of Elijah McClain,” was illuminated on the monument behind them. String players perform during a violin vigil for Elijah McClain in Washington Square Park on June 29, 2020 in New York City. McClain was a 23-year-old African American man who died while in police custody after he was stopped...
    Three officers from the Aurora, Colorado, police department have been place on paid leave pending an investigation after they were allegedly depicted in inappropriate photographs near to a site where Elijah McClain died in police custody in 2019. Aurora Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson released a statement late Monday saying she learned of the apparent images on Thursday and ‘immediately’ ordered an Internal Affairs investigation as a ‘top priority’. Wilson declined to specify what the photographs showed, when they were taken or what the officers were doing near the memorial for McClain, whose death in August last year has been at the center of protests throughout Colorado against racism and police brutality. However, sources told CBS Denver the photographs allegedly show the three officers re-enacting the carotid restraint that was used on McClain during his fatal arrest near the 1900 block of Billings Street. The Aurora Police Department has not...
    Many Black Lives Matter protesters have called for defunding law enforcement agencies under the theory that they're too broken to reform — and the Aurora Police Department continues to provide arguments for this approach. Aurora officers weren't criminally charged for their torturous August 2019 encounter with Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old unarmed black man who died despite committing no crime; he was initially targeted for dancing to music while wearing a ski mask on his way home from a convenience store. Then, this weekend, after the incident had become a national outrage, APD squads used pepper spray to break up a performance by violinists paying tribute to McClain, who loved the instrument, sparking more negative headlines around the globe. And now, three cops with the department have been placed on administrative leave for allegedly reenacting the chokehold that preceded McClain's medical crisis, captured in photos taken at the spot where he died. If Aurora cops...
    A police department in Colorado is investigating three officers who were allegedly photographed reenacting the chokehold maneuver cops used on Elijah McClain near a memorial for him, a report said Monday. The officers allegedly took the photos near where McClain was stopped and detained by Aurora Police soon before his death in 2019, CBS Denver reported, citing sources familiar with the investigation. The photos of the cops allegedly spread around the Aurora Police Department before the internal investigations department caught wind of them and started a probe. The interim police chief of the department said in a statement late Monday night that all the officers involved were suspended with pay pending the investigation. “Thursday afternoon, I was apprised of allegations reported to Internal Affairs by an Aurora Police Officer alleging multiple Aurora Police officers were depicted in photographs near the site where Elijah McClain died,” Vanessa Wilson said in...
    A police division in Colorado is investigating three officers who have been allegedly photographed reenacting the chokehold maneuver cops used on Elijah McClain close to a memorial for him, a report mentioned Monday. The officers allegedly took the images close to the place McClain was stopped and detained by Aurora Police quickly earlier than his loss of life in 2019, CBS Denver reported, citing sources aware of the investigation. The images of the cops allegedly unfold across the Aurora Police Division earlier than the inner investigations division caught wind of them and began a probe. The interim police chief of the division mentioned in a press release late Monday evening that each one the officers concerned have been suspended with pay pending the investigation. “Thursday afternoon, I used to be apprised of allegations reported to Inner Affairs by an Aurora Police Officer alleging a number of Aurora Law enforcement...
    Police in Colorado used pepper spray and batons to break up a violin-concert vigil for the 23-year-old black man who died during a chokehold arrest by the same force — saying their were “agitators” in the crowd. Numerous videos show people sitting on grass and listening to around a dozen violinists in an Aurora park Saturday as a line of officers march toward them. “No no no no!” one woman cried with increasing desperation in one video of Saturday’s confrontation viewed more than 10 million times by Monday. “Aurora PD breaking up the peaceful violin vigil for the very kid they murdered,” she wrote of 23-year-old Elijah McClain, who died during an Aurora police arrest last August. Aurora police defended its tactics, insisting it gave plenty of warnings that it had become an unlawful assembly because of “agitators” in the crowd. “Pepper spray was used after a small group of...
    Thousands of people turned out in Denver to march for justice in the police killing of 23-year-old, Elijah McClain. The impassioned crowd filled the Aurora municipal center with chants and tears demanding justice for the young man who was walking home wearing a ski mask last August. READ MORE: Cops involved in death of Elijah McClain put on ‘non-enforcement’ duties The day-long protest event began with a 1 p.m. rally and march followed by a 4 p.m. youth-led protest. At 8:30 p.m., eight violinists gathered in a circle, playing beautiful, soft melodies. McClain was known to play the violin for animals in a local shelter. McClain’s mother, Sheneen McClain, Denver school board member, Tay Anderson, and Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod all spoke on the steps of City Hall. According to The Denver Post, which covered the event, the audience listened attentively to the speakers and remained engaged. As the...
    Twitter/Marc Sallinger Aurora, Colorado, police disrupted a peaceful violin vigil for Elijah McClain Sunday, using pepper spray on attendees. Aurora, Colorado, police on Saturday forcefully swooped in on a peaceful violin vigil for Black 23-year-old Elijah McClain, who died after being put in a chokehold by police and injected with ketamine by paramedics last year. McClain’s death is being investigated by the state attorney general, after enormous public outcry, including a Change.org petition with nearly 4 million signatures. Decked out in riot gear, officers fired foam rounds at protesters, hit them with pepper spray and, in one case, rolled a canister of some sort of gas into the crowd. The police department came under fire for the show of force, with Twitter coming down firmly on the side of the vigil-goers, and some even calling police’s actions “ghastly.” Here’s what you need to know:The Vigil Was Intended...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – As protests continue to erupt across the nation and locally in the Denver metro area, Black leaders are speaking out. The most recent incident happened in Aurora on Saturday after the Elijah McClain rally that ended with police deploying tear gas on unruly crowds. “I’m feeling very concerned, very concerned,” said Dr. Eric Nelson, Executive Committee Member of the NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State Conference. (credit: CBS) He’s also an Aurora native and actively involved community member. But as he told CBS4’s Mekialaya White, this concern is nothing new for him. “I grew up Black, I’m going to die Black. It doesn’t matter where you go in the world, as a Black man we live in a state of fear. Anytime we’re stopped or interact with a person of authority, the cards are not stacked in our favor.” For Nelson, the Elijah McClain case is especially...
    The heartbreaking story of 23-year-old Elijah McClain’s death has made waves through social media. Although McClain was killed last year while being detained by Denver police in Colorado, his story has recently gained widespread attention amid the movement to end police brutality. Thousands gathered outside the Aurora Police Department Saturday to call for justice in McClain’s death, who was in the custody of, and put in a chokehold by, Aurora police. The peaceful demonstration was organized by the Denver chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, the Denver Post reported. It began with a march and rally following a youth-led protest and violin vigil in a local park—to honor McClain who reportedly played the violin for sheltered kittens. While the demonstration began on a joyful note, officers in riot gear proceeded to disrupt the demonstration by first pushing protestors and musicians, then launching tear gas and pepper spray to clear demonstrators...
    Yesterday, June 28, marked one month since protests got under way in downtown Denver following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Since then, the vast majority of demonstrations here over racist policing and related subjects have been peaceful. But a rash of statue toppling over the past week culminated late on June 27 with a fire on the Colorado Capitol grounds that triggered multiple arrests and chastisements from Governor Jared Polis. And earlier that evening, cops busted up a rally in Aurora calling for justice for Elijah McClain, during which tributes to the 23-year-old victim's love of violin were juxtaposed with riot squad tactics that made international headlines. Statues such as one in Washington, D.C., depicting Confederate General Albert Pike have become symbolic targets for protesters nationwide, prompting President Donald Trump to sign an executive order stating in part that "a penalty of up to...
    A MOVING Elijah McClain violin vigil was stormed by riot police who pepper sprayed protesters. Jarring footage captured the moments officers with the Aurora Police Department pushed their way into a protest on Saturday night in Aurora, Colorado's Center City Park. 7 Protesters played violins inAurora, Colorado's Center City Park on SaturdayCredit: KEVIN MOHATT 7 Police in riot gear appeared to push their way towards the rioters - and as protesters appear to fight backCredit: Getty Images - Getty What started out as a peaceful protest for Elijah McClain - a 23-year-old black man who was put in a chokehold by Aurora authorities and suffered a heart attack as a result of the encounter in 2019 - quickly became chaotic. Violins were played at the vigil because, according to Twitter, McClain was a soft, introverted soul who "played violin for kittens." Mark Sallinger with 9News shared a series of videos...
    Police in Colorado were seen walking into a peaceful protest to remember Elijah McClain wearing full riot gear and spraying protesters with pepper spray. Aurora cops were seen marching into the protest, which included a violin performance to honor McClain's memory. It happened on Saturday in City Center Park where a musical vigil was being held. Saturday's demonstrations in Aurora began with a march and rally, followed by a youth-led protest and a violin vigil, pictured A protest over the death of Elijah McClain quickly went from being peaceful to disorderly after Aurora police deployed pepper spray on protesters
    On Saturday, June 27, thousands of peaceful protesters walked in Aurora, demanding "Justice for Elijah McClain." Elijah was a 23-year-old African American male who died after his encounter with Aurora police officers in August 2019; he was almost home when he was stopped by officers because a passerby had reported Elijah for “walking while black." Elijah knew his rights; he knew he was doing nothing wrong and just wanted to go home. He never made it there. My son, Nicholas Elijah Evans, is an eleven-year-old Highlands Ranch STEM school student who heard Elijah's name on the popular app TikTok last week, and decided to start a #JusticeForElijahMcclain page on Facebook. When he learned that a student protest was being held at the Aurora Municipal Center on June 27, Nick turned from an eleven-year-old boy into an eleven-year-old activist. He jumped up, grabbed his pen and paper, and began formulating the...
    DENVER -- Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside a suburban Denver police building Saturday to call for justice in the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold by police last year.McClain's death last August has prompted a handful of small protests over the last 10 months, but his case has garnered renewed attention amid a global outcry sparked when George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer May 25.Saturday's demonstrations in Aurora were organized by the Denver chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, the Denver Post reported.They began with a march and rally, which were expected to be followed by a youth-led protest and a violin vigil. One protester, 25-year-old Franklin Williams, came to show support and make sure the fervor continues."This shouldn't be a moment," Williams said. "This should be a movement."Social media posts of the protests early Saturday afternoon...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora police used pepper spray on people gathered at the Aurora Municipal Center on Saturday night and arrested three people. Earlier in the day, a protest demanding justice for Elijah McClain was held outside the police station and things were primarily peaceful throughout the afternoon and early evening. Police officers in riot gear were stationed outside the station, which was fenced off and boarded up. As the sun started to go down, police warned that anyone who crossed the fence at the entrance would be subject to arrest. “Tensions remain high, orders to step off the fence and move back are not being followed,” police tweeted a little later, urging protesters to remain peaceful. Crowds chanted “hands up, don’t shoot” as they faced off with officers. -LINES MOVING- Aurora Police took a step back…retreating about 10ft. Then, protestors calling for #JusticeForElijahMcClain moved forward…eliminating the new gap. ...
    Thousands of people filled Aurora’s municipal center and shut down an Interstate, marching and chanting, crying and screaming for justice for Elijah McClain, the 23-year-old who died after an encounter with officers last August. The passionate response culminated a week in which Gov. Jared Polis ordered the state attorney general to investigate the case. Both directions of the Interstate 225 highway were shut down around 3 p.m, according to a tweet from Aurora police. The initial highway closure was between 6th and Mississippi avenues, CDOT said. Colorado State Representative Leslie Herold stands with Sheneen McClain, mother of Elijah McClain, during a protest for Elijah McClain outside the Aurora Police Department Headquarters on Saturday, June 27, 2020.  Prior to the march, the afternoon rally splintered into multiple groups, with Denver school board member Tay Anderson offering a mea culpa for splitting the crowd and causing confusion. Sheneen McClain, McClain’s mother, Denver...
    DENVER (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside a suburban Denver police building Saturday to call for justice in the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold by police last year. McClain’s death last August has prompted a handful of small protests over the last 10 months, but his case has garnered renewed attention amid a global outcry sparked when George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer May 25. Saturday’s demonstrations in Aurora were organized by the Denver chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, the Denver Post reported. They began with a march and rally, which were expected to be followed by a youth-led protest and a violin vigil. One protester, 25-year-old Franklin Williams, came to show support and make sure the fervor continues. “This shouldn’t be a moment,” Williams said. “This should be a movement.”...
    (CNN)Colorado protesters shut down Highway 225 Saturday in a peaceful demonstration calling for justice in the death of Elijah McClain. McClain, 23, died last August during a confrontation with Aurora police officers. One officer placed McClain in a carotid hold, or chokehold. McClain suffered a heart attack while in the ambulance and was declared brain dead three days later.Thousands and thousands streaming onto 225 to demand justice for #ElijahMcClain. DA Dave Young @da17colorado & @AuroraPD still say murdering an unarmed kid walking home w/ iced tea for his brother is justified. Watch the bodycam footage & judge for yourself. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/k7lC84zLkk— Joe Szuszwalak (@JoeSzusz) June 27, 2020 Demonstrators on Saturday first gathered at the Aurora Municipal Center and were on the highway about an hour later, according to CNN affiliate KMGH-TV. Police had already shut down the highway before protesters arrived, the affiliate said. The Aurora Police Department tweeted that...
    DENVER (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside a suburban Denver police building Saturday to call for justice in the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold by police last year. McClain's death last August has prompted a handful of small protests over the last 10 months, but his case has garnered renewed attention amid a global outcry sparked when George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer May 25. Saturday's demonstrations in Aurora were organized by the Denver chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, the Denver Post reported. They began with a march and rally, which were expected to be followed by a youth-led protest and a violin vigil. One protester, 25-year-old Franklin Williams, came to show support and make sure the fervor continues. “This shouldn’t be a moment,” Williams said. “This should be a movement.” Social media posts...
    DENVER (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside a suburban Denver police building Saturday to call for justice in the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold by police last year. McClain’s death last August has prompted a handful of small protests over the last 10 months, but his case has garnered renewed attention amid a global outcry sparked when George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer May 25. Saturday’s demonstrations in Aurora were organized by the Denver chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, the Denver Post reported. They began with a march and rally, which were expected to be followed by a youth-led protest and a violin vigil. One protester, 25-year-old Franklin Williams, came to show support and make sure the fervor continues. “This shouldn’t be a moment,” Williams said. “This should be a movement.”...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the Aurora Municipal Center on Saturday to demand justice for Elijah McClain. The 23-year-old died after a confrontation with Aurora police in August 2019. (credit: CBS) His death regained attention after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery this year. McClain was walking home from a convenience store wearing a face mask when someone called 911 to report a suspicious person in the area. (credit: CBS) On Saturday, the public demanded the three officers and two paramedics be jailed for his death. Rally for #ElijahMcClain in Aurora pic.twitter.com/cwLpXzri3O — Michael Abeyta
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – CentrePoint Plaza in Aurora will close Saturday due to planned demonstrations to demand justice for Elijah McClain. The Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners voted Friday night to close the plaza including the Voter Service and Polling Center. (credit: CBS) “We encourage voters to visit another VSPC if they want to vote in person on Saturday, or drop off their ballot at any of our 24-hour drop boxes,” said County Clerk and Recorder Joan Lopez. Officials note the nearest drop box is at the Arapahoe County Motor Vehicle offices on Chambers Road. In-person voting can be done between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Colfax Avenue. Elijah McClain (credit: Mari Newman) McClain died after a police confrontation in August of 2019. He was on his way home when someone called 911 for a suspicious person in the area....
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — Violinists are coming together in Aurora and using their music to connect with others who are upset about the death of Elijah McClain. Elijah McClain (credit: Mari Newman) Dimitri Zaugg has been a musician almost his entire life. He says, “When I was like 4 or 5, I started having lessons… I’m 33 now.” Music means a lot to him. “It’s everything,” he says. He also knows musicians and can recognize them from a mile away. He says it’s a tenderness they share. That’s why, when he saw the video of McClain’s encounter with Aurora police, he could identify with the young man. “I saw his compassion. I saw his heart, and that was profound,” says Zaugg. (credit: CBS) CBS4 first reported about the death following an altercation between McClain and the officers in Aurora in August of 2019. To honor their fallen fellow musician, he and his...
    (CNN)Three Colorado police officers involved in a confrontation that left a Black man dead last year have been reassigned to "nonenforcement" duties, authorities said.The death of Elijah McClain is now being investigated following a social media outcry after the fatal August incident while he was in police custody. Aurora officers Nathan Woodyard and Jason Rosenblatt were reassigned on June 13, and officer Randy Roedema a week later, a police spokeswoman said. The reassignment means administrative duties such as paperwork, CNN affiliate KDVR reported. The officers' safety was a primary reason for the move as various police and city employees have received complaints and threats recently, said Faith Goodrich, spokeswoman for the Aurora Police Department. McClain's case received renewed scrutiny following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others that led to massive protests across the country.Read MoreColorado Gov. Jared Polis announced his administration would reexamine the case, answering...
    Aurora, Colo. officials announced Friday that the three police officers involved in the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain last year have been reassigned and are off the streets for their own protection as McClain's case gains national attention.  CBS News reports that Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt and Randy Roedema have all ban transitioned to work in a non-enforcement capacity.  A city spokesperson told CBS News that two of the officers, Woodyard and Rosenblatt, were moved on June 13, while Roedma was moved on the 20. "This was done in an effort to protect those officers," the spokesman said.  The changes follow Governor Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisElijah McClain's mother says he was 'murdered' after governor assigns special prosecutor Colorado governor directs officials to reexamine death of Elijah McClain in police custody Colorado governor signs sweeping police reform bill ending qualified immunity, banning chokeholds MORE's (D), announcement that state Attorney General Phil Weiser (D) would reinvestigate the case...
      This week Sherri Shepherd has joined the chorus of those gutted after finding out about the tragic story of Elijah McClain‘s death. The 23-year-old Black man was killed by police officers in Aurora, Colo. last summer. His story began to resurface on social media over the last few days this amid the ongoing protests against police brutality and calls for justice for the deaths of Black people whose stories never received the media attention they deserved. Thursday, the former The View co-host posted a video of her emotional reaction to the story which for many reasons struck a chord with her personally. (Credit: McClain family photo) READ MORE: Colorado reopens case of Elijah McClain’s death in police custody “My son is like Elijah,” she began, explaining why McClain’s death hit home in such a visceral way. “I’m a Black mother and I have a child.” As a visibly shaken...
    By PATTY NIEBERG, Associated Press/Report for America DENVER (AP) — The lawyer for the family of Black man who died after being stopped by suburban Denver police last year because he was “being suspicious,” said Friday she and Elijah McClain's relatives have been conducting their own investigation after an official inquiry cleared three white police officers Mari Newman told The Associated Press she is suspicious of government investigations of cases of alleged police misconduct. It comes a day after Democratic Gov. Jared Polis appointed Attorney General Phil Weiser to re-investigate and possibly prosecute the officers. “After over two decades of doing this work, my experience is that families cannot rely on the government to police itself," Newman said. "And so my work is to continue to seek justice through the civil justice system so we’re doing our own investigation and preparing a civil rights lawsuit.” Newman declined to elaborate or...
    DENVER (AP) — The lawyer for the family of Elijah McClain, a Black man who died after being stopped by suburban Denver police last year because he was “being suspicious,” said Friday she and McClain’s relatives will conduct their own investigation of an official inquiry that cleared three white police officers of wrongdoing. Mari Newman told The Associated Press the decision reflects her suspicions toward government investigations of cases of alleged police misconduct. It comes a day after Democratic Gov. Jared Polis announced he was appointing Attorney General Phil Weiser to re-investigate and possibly prosecute the officers. “After over two decades of doing this work, my experience is that families cannot rely on the government to police itself,” Newman said. “And so my work is to continue to seek justice through the civil justice system so we’re doing our own investigation and preparing a civil rights lawsuit.” Newman...
    DENVER (AP) — The lawyer for the family of Elijah McClain, a Black man who died after being stopped by suburban Denver police last year because he was “being suspicious,” said Friday she and McClain’s relatives will conduct their own investigation of an official inquiry that cleared three white police officers of wrongdoing. Mari Newman told The Associated Press the decision reflects her suspicions toward government investigations of cases of alleged police misconduct. It comes a day after Democratic Gov. Jared Polis announced he was appointing Attorney General Phil Weiser to re-investigate and possibly prosecute the officers. “After over two decades of doing this work, my experience is that families cannot rely on the government to police itself,” Newman said. “And so my work is to continue to seek justice through the civil justice system so we’re doing our own investigation and preparing a civil rights lawsuit.” Newman...
    (CNN)When Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced his administration would reexamine the death of a 23-year-old Black man in police custody, he answered a call the man's family has been making for almost a year."Last year, we stood on the municipal center steps demanding an investigation and what did we hear then? Crickets," an attorney for the McClain family, Mari Newman, told CNN's Don Lemon Thursday.The investigation into the 2019 death of Elijah McClain follows recent social media outcry and a petition signed by more than 2 million people. McClain's death is one of several cases to receive renewed scrutiny following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others in incidents sparking massive protests across the country."Why did it take almost a year, international media attention, millions of people signing a petition for a responsible adult to finally step up and do what should have happened right from the...
    ELIJAH McClain's mother Sheenen has called for the cops who were responsible for her son's death to be "held accountable." She claims she feels hopeless despite Colorado Governor Jared Polis reopening the case for investigation. 4 Elijah McClain and a family memberCredit: Reuters Her son died on August 27, 2019 after he was put in a chokehold by authorities and injected with ketamine by paramedics days prior. Who is Elijah McClain and what happened to him? Elijah McClain was a young black man who grew up in Aurora, Colorado. He was put in a chokehold by authorities and suffered a heart attack as a result of the encounter last year. His death was similar to that of George Floyd, who prosecutors say was suffocated by a Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day. McClain was walking home from a local convenience store on August 23, 2019, after picking up some iced tea. According...
    In August 2019, Elijah McClain, an unarmed black man who had committed no crime and was merely dancing to music while wearing a ski mask, died after a brutal encounter with Aurora police. For months afterward, the story failed to gain traction beyond Colorado in large part because the body cameras of responding officers became "dislodged" during the incident. But now, amid the ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd, the story is being widely disseminated across the country, fueled by coverage by the New York Times, CNN and Good Morning America and an online movement identified by the hashtags #JusticeForElijah and #JusticeForElijahMcClain. Perhaps the most moving tribute associated with the campaign is a compilation of illustrations by artist Pan Cook, shared by actress and activist Holly Robinson Peete. Related Stories Elijah McClain Death Goes National Amid George Floyd Protests Elijah McClain Update: Polis Asks AG to Investigate Police-Related Death...
    The mother of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old black man who died last summer after being confronted by police in Aurora, Colorado, says her son was murdered. After nearly 3 million people signed a petition calling for a reexamination of McClain's case, Colorado Governor Jared Polis on Thursday appointed the state's attorney general as a special prosecutor.  Attorney General Phil Weiser will now investigate McClain's death, and press charges "if the facts support prosecution," Polis said in a statement.  Sheneen McClain described her son as a massage therapist who "wanted to heal" others. "He not only healed others, he healed himself," she told CBS News correspondent David Begnaud. "He was able to accept love and give love in varying forms." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "They murdered him. They are bullies with badges," she said. In his statement, Polis said he was "moved" after speaking with Elijah's mother. "Elijah McClain...
    Famous people whove had COVID-19 House passes sweeping policing bill Gov. Jared Polis appoints state AG as special prosecutor to investigate Elijah McClain’s death Colorado Gov. Jared Polis designated Attorney General Phil Weiser on Thursday as a special prosecutor to investigate the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain following a violent encounter with Aurora police last year. © Provided by Denver Post A mural of Elijah McClain, painted by Thomas "Detour," is seen on the back side of the Epic Brewing building in Denver, Colorado on Thursday. June 25, 2020. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday designated Attorney General Phil Weiser as a special prosecutor to investigate the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old killed by Aurora police in 2019 in a case that has drawn national attention amid the movement to hold law enforcement responsible for their treatment of people of color. © Provided by Denver Post McClain Family...
    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) made the decision Thursday to reopen an inquiry into the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old who got into a confrontation with police officers and was placed in a chokehold. The decision, which was made official by an executive order from Polis, was sent to Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser and directed him to investigate the matter with the potential to prosecute the three white police officers who were involved. “Elijah McClain should be alive today, and we owe it to his family to take this step and elevate the pursuit of justice in his name to a statewide concern,” Polis said in a statement on Thursday. In an effort to show his support for McClain and his family, Polis discussed police reform and “public trust” in law enforcement: Now more than ever, we must do everything within our power to foster public trust and...
    Colorado officers on Thursday reopened an investigation into the case of an unarmed black man who died after being positioned in a chokehold by police who stopped him as a result of he was “being suspicious.” The 2019 demise of 23-year-old Elijah McClain has drawn new consideration amid the nationwide protests in opposition to racism and police brutality sparked by the Could 25 slaying of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Posts about McClain have flooded social media in latest weeks. A petition calling for an in-depth investigation into his demise and for the officers concerned to be taken off responsibility garnered greater than three million signatures in three weeks. Amid mounting outrage, Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday appointed Lawyer Normal Phil Weiser to probe McClain’s demise and probably prosecute these concerned. “Elijah McClain must be alive immediately, and we owe it to his household to take this step and elevate...
    The mother of Elijiah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after police confronted him in Aurora, Colo., last August, said Thursday that law enforcement involved "murdered" her son. The comments come after the state's governor, Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisColorado governor signs sweeping police reform bill ending qualified immunity, banning chokeholds Ethics controversy rattles Hickenlooper's Senate bid Colorado legislature sends major police reform bill to governor's desk MORE (D), announced that state Attorney General Phil Weiser (D) would reinvestigate the case as a special prosecutor. Polis's announcement comes after more than 3 million people signed a petition for the state to reinvestigate the case. McClain, who worked as a massage therapist, was stopped by police on the night of Aug. 24, 2019, while walking home from a convenience store. McClain was wearing a ski mask when he was stopped, something his family has said wasn't unusual because doing so gave him comfort. Dave...
    The police killing of 23-year-old Elijah McClain is getting a fresh look after the Colorado governor directed a special prosecutor to reopen the investigation into his death.  On Thursday, Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order calling for state Attorney General Phil Weiser to reexamine the disturbing case and possibly prosecute the three white officers involved, TMZ reports. The decision comes after over 2 million signed a petition this week demanding justice for the 23-year-old. McClain had anemia and wore a mask to protect himself but was deemed “suspicious” after a call was sent to the Colorado police last August. An earlier report published on theGrio noted that he went to a convenience store to buy iced tea for his brother on August 24, 2019.  READ MORE: After Elijah McClain was killed by police, a petition signed by more than 2M seeks justice He wore an open-face ski mask because he “had...
    Colorado officials on Thursday reopened an investigation into the case of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by police who stopped him because he was “being suspicious.” The 2019 death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain has drawn new attention amid the nationwide protests against racism and police brutality sparked by the May 25 slaying of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Posts about McClain have flooded social media in recent weeks. A petition calling for an in-depth investigation into his death and for the officers involved to be taken off duty garnered more than 3 million signatures in three weeks. Amid mounting outrage, Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday appointed Attorney General Phil Weiser to probe McClain’s death and possibly prosecute those involved. “Elijah McClain should be alive today, and we owe it to his family to take this step and elevate the pursuit of justice in his...
    Elijah McClain was walking home from the convenience store on an unusually cool Saturday night in August when three Aurora police officers approached him. According to the official police report, a resident called 911 because the 23-year-old massage therapist was wearing a ski mask and “acting weird” by “waving his arms around,” prompting the officers to approach him and attempt to pat him down. But McClain, who had made the quick grocery run to pick up bottled tea for his cousin and wore an open-faced ski mask because he had anemia which often made him cold, was unarmed and simply listening to music.  During the 15-minute altercation, the three officers tackled McClain to the ground and put him in a carotid hold after one officer was heard saying: “He’s going for your gun.” In the audio from the officers’ body camera, McClain begs for his life and he repeatedly tells...
    By PATTY NIEBERG, Associated Press/Report for America DENVER (AP) — As protests continue across the U.S. against excessive police force against people of color, Elijah McClain’s name has become another rallying cry on social media. McClain, a 23-year-old Black man in the Denver suburb of Aurora, died in August after police officers confronted him as he was walking to a store. Officers put him in a chokehold and injected him with a sedative. Investigations by Aurora police and a district attorney produced no charges. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, citing appeals from the public, appointed a special prosecutor on Thursday to examine the case. Here's what we know: WHO IS ELIJAH McCLAIN? McClain was a massage therapist who planned to go to college, his younger sister, Samara McClain, told The Denver Post. McClain’s friends and family said he was as “a spiritual seeker, pacifist, oddball, vegetarian, athlete, and peacemaker who was...
    DENVER (AP) — As protests continue across the U.S. against excessive police force against people of color, Elijah McClain’s name has become another rallying cry on social media. McClain, a 23-year-old Black man in the Denver suburb of Aurora, died in August after police officers confronted him as he was walking to a store. Officers put him in a chokehold and injected him with a sedative. Investigations by Aurora police and a district attorney produced no charges. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, citing appeals from the public, appointed a special prosecutor on Thursday to examine the case. Here’s what we know: WHO IS ELIJAH McCLAIN? McClain was a massage therapist who planned to go to college, his younger sister, Samara McClain, told The Denver Post. McClain’s friends and family said he was as “a spiritual seeker, pacifist, oddball, vegetarian, athlete, and peacemaker who was exceedingly gentle,” according to the...
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