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Police chief fires 3 Colorado officers over photo taken near memorial site for Elijah McClain

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Interim Colorado Police Chief

The interim police chief of Aurora, Colo., on Friday fired two officers who she said were in a photo reenacting the violent arrest of a 23-year-old black man, Elijah McClain, who died last summer after he was placed in a chokehold and injected with a heavy sedative by paramedics.

Interim chief Vanessa Wilson also terminated a third officer, Jason Rosenblatt, who received the photo and participated in McClain’s arrest. Wilson said Rosenblatt replied “ha ha” to the image, taken last October near a memorial to McClain.

McClain’s death has been a focus of the street protests in Colorado that erupted after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Aurora officers have not been charged.

Wilson said at a news conference in the Denver suburb that she fired Officers Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich for posing with another officer, Jaron Jones, who resigned earlier in the week. She described the photo depiction as a “despicable act” and an embarrassment to law enforcement.


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