Denver City-The police department in the suburbs of Denver faced a series of new investigations and legal issues on Tuesday as the death of a 23-year-old black man Elijah McClain (Elijah McClain) was under increasing scrutiny last year. Helpless, be with people of color.
McLean’s parents sued the Aurora Police Department and medical staff. They injected their son with a tranquilizer, saying that they were responsible for the loss of the “beautiful soul” and to convey the message, “Racism and brutality are in law enforcement in the United States. No status.”
Soon thereafter, the Colorado Attorney General announced a civil rights investigation into the department, which was conducted under the new police reform law after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis triggered global protests. First investigation. Attorney General Phil Weiser said that it has been investigating whether Aurora officials have deprived people of their constitutional rights for several weeks. The investigation is separate.
They are one of several investigations into the Aurora police, which aroused anger in the nationwide condemnation of racial injustice and police brutality.
Also on Tuesday, the city manager and the new police chief said that an outside company would review the department, including its policies and practices regarding the use of force and discriminatory policing. The City Council has begun an investigation into Aurora̵
Police Commissioner Vanessa Wilson, who was appointed to the position last week, said in a statement: “We are seizing the opportunity of this change and are committed to development to improve our profession, the community and the services we serve. Residents.”
The city declined to comment on the lawsuits of Sheneen McClain and Lawayne Mosley, which accused the police of long-standing racism and brutality.
They claimed that their son was illegally stopped in the street, and the police subsequently filed a charge of assault and stated in a police report that he was connected to a gang to justify their positive treatment of McLean.
McLean’s parents said that their son is a massage therapist, a creative and peaceful man. He played the violin for the cats in the refuge to relieve their loneliness and would not fight flies.
On August 24, 2019, the police stopped McLean while walking wearing a ski mask and earphones after receiving a 911 call calling McCain “rough”. His family said he was wearing a mask because his blood condition could easily make him catch a cold.
The police’s body camera video showed that an officer got out of the car, approached McLean and said, “Stop there. Stop. Stop. …I have the right to stop you because you are suspicious.”
In the video, the officer bypassed McLean, he seemed to be taken aback, and then repeated: “Stop the tension.” When McLean tried to get out of the situation, the officer said: “Relax, otherwise I will have to change this situation. .”
Other officers joined to restrain McLean. He begged them to let go, saying: “You have started arresting me, and I am stopping listening to music.”
The police put him in suffocation, and the medical staff gave him 500 mg of ketamine to calm him down. The lawsuit claims that this is too big for a person weighing about 140 pounds (65 kg).
The police said McLean refused to stop walking and fired back when the officer tried to detain him. They believed that he was trying to grab the officer’s gun, which caused controversy in the lawsuit.
McLean suffered a cardiac arrest and was later deprived of life support. Prosecutors said last year that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute these officials, and the state attorney general is reviewing this.
The lawsuit stated that two police officers reported that all three of them put pressure on McLean after the suffocation incident. An officer estimated that the collective weight was over 700 pounds (320 kg).
One week after the lawsuit, the police faced anger when they placed four black girls on the ground and handcuffed two of them for investigating four stolen cars. It was later discovered that it had not been stolen.
Interim Superintendent Wilson (Wilson) took a permanent position last week and said she is committed to rebuilding trust and hopes to empower the police to consider whether they act on prejudice.
She called McLean’s death tragedy and said she felt “angry and disgusted” with the girl’s treatment. She has taken some steps to hold officials accountable.
After the girls were handcuffed, she requested an internal investigation. Prosecutors are also reviewing the actions of officials.
As the interim person in charge, she told the police in response to McLean’s death that if they did not commit a crime, they no longer need to contact the reported suspicious person.
When the police reproduced the photo of the choke used by McLean, she acted quickly and fired three officers, one of whom was involved in stopping McLean.
Nieberg is a member of the Associated Press/Reporter of the Statehouse News Initiative in the United States. Associated Press reporter Thomas Peipert contributed to this report.