NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: String players perform during a violin vigil for Elijah McClain in Washington Square Park on June 29, 2020 in New York City. McClain was a 23-year-old African American man who died while in police custody after he was stopped while walking home in Aurora, Colorado last August.
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Aurora Colorado Police Officers Fired For Mocking The Chokehold Used On Elijah McClain

On Friday, July 3rd, three Aurora Police Officers were fired and one stepped down after a picture of them mocking the chokehold that was used on Elijah McClain surfaced online. 

Jaron James, Erica Marrero, and Kyle Dittrich were seen in the photo smiling at the memorial site for McClain, while Jones had Dittrich in a chokehold. The fourth cop, Jason Rosenblatt, stepped down after commenting “haha” in a text message. 

Rosenblatt was one of the police officers who stopped McClain in August 2019 after a call went out saying that he was being suspicious and wearing a ski mask. 

Vanessa Wilson, Interim Aurora Police Chief, held a press conference about the cops and the photo saying “There is absolutely nothing about this.” 

McClain was put in a chokehold after being stopped, and tackled by the police. Paramedics would arrive on the scene and give him a large dose of ketamine to sedate him. McClain was declared brain-dead and died three days after being in the hospital. 


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