July 4, 2020

Photos Show 3 Aurora, Colorado Officers Smiling And Reenacting Chokehold Used On Elijah McClain

Aurora, Colorado Police Chief Vanessa Wilson shows photos of three police officers smiling and reenacting a chokehold near the site where Elijah McClain was brutalized by Aurora Police – which ultimately lead to his death.

According to a report from CBS News:

“Three officers from the Aurora Police Department have been fired over a photo reenacting the chokehold that occurred before the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died in police custody last summer, the interim police chief announced Friday. The officer who mimicked the chokehold, Jaron Jones, resigned earlier this week. 

The report goes on to say, “Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson showed the two photos that led to the officers’ termination at a news conference. One photo shows three officers — identified as Jones, Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich — smiling near what Wilson described as the site of McClain’s memorial. The other shows Jones reenacting a carotid hold on Dittrich, with the officers still smiling.”