A police division in Colorado is investigating three officers who had been allegedly photographed reenacting the chokehold maneuver cops used on Elijah McClain close to a memorial for him, a report stated Monday.
The officers allegedly took the photographs close to the place McClain was stopped and detained by Aurora Police quickly earlier than his demise in 2019, CBS Denver reported, citing sources conversant in the investigation.
The photographs of the cops allegedly unfold across the Aurora Police Division earlier than the interior investigations division caught wind of them and began a probe.
The interim police chief of the division stated in a press release late Monday night time that every one the officers concerned had been suspended with pay pending the investigation.
“Thursday afternoon, I used to be apprised of allegations reported to Inside Affairs by an Aurora Police Officer alleging a number of Aurora Cops had been depicted in pictures close to the location the place Elijah McClain died,” Vanessa Wilson stated within the assertion.
“I instantly ordered Inside Affairs to make this investigation their high precedence. This accelerated investigation was accomplished this night,” she added.
McClain died after police stopped him within the Colorado metropolis final August after somebody referred to as 911 to report him wanting suspicious.
Officers detained him utilizing a chokehold and referred to as an ambulance, the New York Occasions reported.
Medics who responded injected him with ketamine, and McClain went into cardiac arrest on the way in which to the hospital.
He died days later of “undetermined” causes.