Aurora City Council passes resolution for independent investigation of Elijah McClain incident


AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — The Aurora City Council on Monday unanimously approved a resolution authorizing an independent investigation into the events that led to the death of Elijah McClain. The young man died in 2019 after an encounter with Aurora Police and paramedics.

Since the death of George Floyd, the McClain case has has received international attention. McClain, who was not accused of breaking any laws, was walking home with a ski mask on— leading to a 911 call and eventual police use-of-force.

The independent investigation must include a timeline of events, a review of use-of-force procedures, police contact and ketamine policies. 

Three independent neutral consultants will conduct the investigation. Jonathan Smith, who leads the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, will be in charge.

The purpose of the investigation is to provide recommendations to the city on how to address the Elijah McClain incident. 

It’s still unclear if the investigation could lead to people losing their jobs. What is clear is that the city wants guidance on how to produce best practices for the future.

The results of the investigation will be made public. However, Aurora says information required to be confidential by law will not be in the report.

While there is no deadline for the investigation to be complete, the city council is demanding that it be completed as “expeditiously as possible.

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