- The interim police chief of Aurora, Colorado, on Monday night said a group of police officers were placed on administrative leave over photographs taken near the site of Elijah McClain’s arrest.
- McClain’s case – he died after being placed in a chokehold during an August arrest – has received renewed attention since George Floyd’s May 25 death.
- Sources told CBS4 that three officers had taken pictures near the site of McClain’s arrest – which now serves as a memorial – reenacting the now-banned chokehold used on the Black man.
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A group of police officers have been placed on administrative leave over pictures taken near the site where Elijah McClain was put in a chokehold during an arrest in August.
Vanessa Wilson, the interim chief of police in Aurora, Colorado, announced an investigation into the officers’ actions in a statement late Monday night. She did not say how many officers were involved or what the pictures showed.
“This investigation will be publicly released in its entirety promptly upon its conclusion,” Wilson wrote. “This will include reports, photographic evidence obtained, officers’ names, and my final determination which can rise to the level of termination.”
Sources told the local news station CBS4 that three officers were placed on administrative leave and that the pictures showed them reenacting the now-banned chokehold that was used on McClain, near the site of his arrest.
McClain, 23, was taken into custody on August 24 after Aurora police officers received a report of a “sketchy” person wearing a mask, according to NBC News.
While the 911 caller made no accusation of a crime, the police say McClain “resisted contact” with the officers so “he was taken into custody.”
A chokehold was used on McClain during the arrest, and he complained he couldn’t breathe properly. He was given an injection of the drug ketamine and taken to the hospital, according to The Denver Post. He was later declared brain-dead, taken off life support less than a week later, and died.
The coroner said McClain died of “undetermined causes” but did not rule out the police chokehold – as well as the ketamine – contributing to his death, according to NBC News.
McClain’s case has received renewed attention since George Floyd’s May 25 death. The chokehold used in McClain’s death was banned by the state earlier this month.
Last week, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis appointed a special prosecutor to investigate McClain’s death. The three officers involved in McClain’s arrest have been moved to “non-enforcement” duty.
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