Aurora PD chief, City Council members discuss police tactics used during weekend protest

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AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman held a special City Council meeting Tuesday to discuss the tactics used by police during protests on Saturday.

The protesters were demanding justice for Elijah McClain, who died after a confrontation with police and being injected with ketamine in August 2019.

Video from Aurora police body cameras shows police clashing with protesters over the weekend.

“We are hearing many questions and concerns from the community about the tactics used by the Aurora Police Department during Saturday’s protests, and council needs to hear first-hand specifically what happened,” Coffman said in a press release.

Tuesday’s meeting lasted more than four hours.

City Council read aloud more than 100 comments from citizens. Most comments criticized the police department for its actions, but a handful supported APD.

Vanessa Wilson, APD’s interim chief, also held a presentation about the tactics officers used on Saturday.

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